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:
If you need to plan for accommodations, speak to the social worker or visitor services department at the hospital where you need to be. Some hotel chains provide rooms to a family at no charge if a child must go into the hospital for an early-morning or overnight procedure. Local hotels may give discount rates or provide guest rooms through the American Cancer Society. The National Association of Hospitality Houses (800-542-9730,www.nahhh.org) lists private homes that may be available during an extended stay.