There are many families for whom the financial burden of caring for their child with cancer has proven too much. Some families simply do not have the resources to provide for a burial for their child. Many families are also not able to benefit from any of Canada’s social assistance or support programs.
Childhood Cancer Canada, through its Benevolent Fund, steps in to help financially struggling families in their time of need by assisting with the costs of the funeral service of their child. We hope to expand our reach and help even more families across the country who have experienced childhood cancer.
All requests for support must be submitted by the child’s nurse or social worker. We are not able to accept applications directly from families or those acting on their behalf that are not part of the child’s medical team.
The application form attached must be filled out in its entirety and faxed (416-489-9812) or emailed ([email protected]
) to Childhood Cancer Canada.
Financial assistance of a benevolent nature is provided for families who are referred by their nurse or social worker.
We hope to reach even more families who need our help. Because of this, we appreciate the pre-selection done by health care providers to ensure that only requests for families in critical financial need are submitted.
The Standard Procedure
The completed two-page application must be faxed or emailed to Childhood Cancer Canada by the child’s nurse or social worker. The application is not complete until an invoice from the funeral home is received. Invoices must be made out to the family; an invoice made out to Childhood Cancer Canada will not be accepted.
The Chief Executive Officer reviews the application ensuring the information meets the financial assistance requirements. The approved file is forwarded to the Accountant.
Once a request for support has been approved, up to $1,000 will be paid towards the balance. If the bill is less than $1,000, Childhood Cancer Canada will pay the full amount. The Foundation will send the cheque to the funeral home and a sympathy card to the family. No other contact will be made with the family.
To refer a family for benevolent support, please read the first two pages carefully and complete pages three and four of the application. Please fax the completed forms to Childhood Cancer Canada along with a copy of the invoice from the Funeral Home. We will call you once the application has been approved.