Who qualifies for financial assistance from The Butterfly Fund?
Families of children and young adults with brain or spinal cord tumors who have an unmet financial need that is a direct result of the child’s brain tumor diagnosis and who are receiving treatment/care at one of the following facilities:
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg
Arnold Palmer, Orlando
Kids Cancer Foundation, Loxahatchee
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital), Miami
Pediatric Oncology Support Team, West Palm Beach
Shands Children’s Hospital, Gainesville
St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Tampa
Backus Children’s Hospital, Savannah
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta
Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Lexington
Children’s Hospital, New Orleans
Dana-Farber Children’s Cancer Center, Boston
Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, Jackson
Bi-Lo Children’s Cancer Center, Greenville
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Palmetto Health Children’s, Columbia
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville
T.C. Thompson Children’s, Chattanooga
Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville
Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:
- Rent and mortgage payments, utility bills (electric, gas, and water), car loan and car insurance payments
- Travel expenses associated with treatment away from home
- Items not covered by insurance or other means such as special medications, long-term rehabilitation services, hearing aids, wigs and prosthetic devices, home health services, etc.
- Funeral expenses
Bills owed prior to the child’s diagnosis, cable/internet/cell phone bills, credit card and personal loan payments, auto repairs and medical bills of the patient or other family members are NOT typically covered.
All requests for financial assistance through this program must be made through social worker at any of the medical facilities listed above. Once a family’s application is completed and signed by appropriate medical personnel, it is submitted to the The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. Most applications are approved within 2 -5 business days. Funds get disbursed directly to the creditor.