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Travel and Lodging

Originally published on November 11, 2009
Most recently updated on March 7, 2014

Air Transportation

Occasionally children must travel great distances to receive appropriate, specialized medical care. Many airlines have courtesy fares for a child and accompanying parent. Social workers may assist you and provide this information, but it may be helpful to contact each individual airline yourself. Remember to be persistent! It may be the supervisor of the supervisor who finally provides you with the details for a free flight.

These resources will get you started:

Phone: 800-296-1217
AirCharity Network
Phone: 877-261-7177
Phone: 918-749-8992
Corporate Angel Network
Phone: 866-328-1313
LifeLine Pilots
Phone: 708-524-8937
National Patient Air Transport Helpline
Phone: 800-296-1217
Phone: 631-694-7257


It can be difficult to pay for accomodations while a child is receiving ongoing treatment away from their home.  The following can help house your family for either free or very low cost.  Also check with the hospital where your child is receiving treatment as they will sometimes offer lower cost accomodations through partnerships with local hotels.

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

Phone: 877-563-7468
Phone: 800-542-9730
Phone: 630-623-7048

Target House (long term stay)
Memphis Grizzlies (short term stay)
Phone: 1-866-278-5833

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