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Transportation Assistance for AML Patients in the Tri-State Area
Posted: Sep 02, 2022
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Transportation can be a big issue for patients receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. Sometimes that means jumping in your car and driving yourself, but it can also mean needing a ride because you feel too sick, or needing to to take two trains and a bus just to get to the clinic. 

Cancer Care has a transportation program to provide support that includes financial assistance to eligible individuals to pay for transportation-related costs such as gas, taxis, Uber or Lyft and public transportations in the New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and Tri-State area. The financial assistance component of the program will continue until available funds are disbursed. 

To be eligible you need to: 

  • Have a diagnosis of cancer confirmed by an oncology health care provider
  • Be in active treatment for your cancer
  • Live in the U.S. or Puerto Rico
  • Meet the eligibility guidelines based on the Federal Poverty Limit

To apply for the program, call CancerCare's hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673), staffed Monday - Thursday from 10 am - 6 pm ET and Friday from 10 am - 5 pm ET. You will complete a brief interview. If you are eligible to apply, they will: 

  • Mail/email you an individualized bar coded application
  • Request documentation to verify your income. Acceptable proof of income:
    • The first two pages of signed income tax return (you may blacken out your social security number)
    • If you do not file a tax return, you may submit a copy of your most recent pay stub, unemployment check, or SSI, SSD, or public assistance benefit notification
    • If you do not have any income, provide a letter of support from friend or family member

Additional services include counseling and other emotional support services provided by oncology social workers. 

Not located in the Tri-State area? The Cancer Care website lists additional organizations that can help with transportation costs. Check out the list here.

The author Jenny Ahlstrom

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Jenny Ahlstrom

Multiple myeloma patient, sister-in-law to AML patient, patient advocate, wife, mom of 6. Believer that patients can help accelerate a cure by joining their disease communities and contributing their patient stories to advance a cure. Founder of the HealthTree Foundation. 

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