About Compass to Care
Compass to Care supports families who have a child with cancer through assistance that can include funding for airfare, bus fare, car rental, gasoline, lodging, parking fees, taxi fees, tolls, and train fare and even long-distance travel.
Every day, 34 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. This translates into approximately 12,500 children diagnosed annually. Yet, with a relatively small population of children with cancer, most communities across the United States cannot support teams of specialists needed to treat pediatric cancer from start to finish. As a result, children must travel to access treatment at specialty pediatric cancer facilities.
In Illinois, there are only three metropolis areas that have hospitals offering cancer treatment for children: Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield. Parents often report that non-medical expenditures can be the most troublesome because, unlike medical bills, these non-medical expenses must be paid immediately and are rarely reimbursed.
This year, NUDM and Compass to Care are working together to eliminate the monetary burden of cancer-related travel costs, remove the stress of planning a trip and traveling with a child who is ill and give hope for their child’s cure from cancer. Together, we will because #HopeTravels.