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Air Travel and Lodging Assisitance

Originally published on November 11, 2009
Most recently updated on April 9, 2015

Air Transportation

Occasionally children must travel long distances in order to receive the specialized medical care they need. Many airlines provide free airline fares for a child and an accompanying parent. Social workers may assist you with this information, but it may also be helpful to contact each individual airline yourself. Remember to be persistent! It may be the supervisor of the supervisor who finally gives you the information you need for your courtesy fare.

These resources will get you started:

Phone: 800-296-1217
Email: mail@aircareall.org
http://www.aircarealliance.org/getting-assistance

AirCharity Network

Phone: 877-261-7177
http://aircharitynetwork.org/

Angel Flight America

Phone: 918-749-8992
Email: angel@angelflight.com
http://www.angelflight.com/

Corporate Angel Network

Phone: 866-328-1313
Email: info@corpangelnetwork.com
http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/

LifeLine Pilots

Phone: 708-524-8937
https://lifelinepilots.org/

National Patient Air Transport Helpline

Phone: 800-296-1217
Email: info@nationalpatienttravelcenter.org
http://www.patienttravel.org/

Patient Airlift Services

Phone: 631-694-7257
Email: info@palservices.org
http://www.palservices.org/

LODGING

Accommodations can be costly and difficult to manage for the family of the child receiving ongoing treatment far away from home. The following is a list of services that can help with the lodging, either free or for a very lost cost. You will also want to check with the hospital where your child is receiving treatment as they may provide lower cost accommodations through partnerships with local boarding facilities.

* Please note that some of these organizations are based on regional location.

Joe's House

Phone: 877-563-7468
Email: info@joeshouse.org

National Association of Hospitality Houses

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Phone: 630-623-7048

Email: info@rmhc.org
http://www.rmhc.org/

St. Jude's Housing

Target House (long term stay)
Memphis Grizzlies (short term stay)
Phone: 866-278-5833
http://www.stjude.org/programsites/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=52a06f9523e70110VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD&vgnextchannel=4a3e43bc28cfa210VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD

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