The Financial Burden of Cancer

The economic burden of caring for a child with cancer is often devastating.  Lost income due to reduction or termination of parental employment, coupled with out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, co-pays and meals away from home have a negative impact that affects the financial security, quality of life, and future well-being of the entire family. 

A P4P-funded study was conducted by Dr. Kira Bona, a pediatric oncologist at DF/BCH, which examined factors such as material hardship (food, housing or energy insecurity), rates of low income, and income losses due to work disruptions from the child’s treatment. Dr. Bona’s work uncovered the following about the financial impact of a hematopoietic stem cell transplant:

*40%  of families are low-income at time of transplant (<200% Federal Poverty Level)

*20%  of families report losing >40% of annual income due to transplant-related work disruptions

*38%  report material hardship (food, housing, energy insecurity) during the post-transplant period

In its mission to ease the burden of childhood cancer, Pedals for Pediatrics has provided over $1 million in assistance for families for expenses such as food, housing and parking. P4P is one of the top contributors to the DFCI Pediatric Patient Assistance Fund, which helps families in need with mortgage or rent payments, gas, food, and other necessities. Your contribution to P4P makes a big difference in the lives of families who are struggling financially to cope with – and move beyond – childhood cancer.

Pedals for Pediatrics YEar Totals

Year

Description

Amount

2017

Patient Assistance Fund

100,000

Parking Assistance Program

20,000

Total

120,000

2016

Patient Assistance Fund

110,000

Parking Assistance Program

28,000

Total

138,000

2015

Patient Assistance Fund

100,000

Parking Assistance Program

28,000

Total

128,000

2014

Patient Assistance Fund

100,000

Parking Voucher Program

28,000

Parent Coffee

12,000

Family Dining

8,000

Resource Program Staff

16,000

Total

164,000

2013

Patient Assistance Fund

100,000

Parking Voucher Program

25,000

Subway Lunch Program

10,400

Resource Program Staff

15,800

Bereavement Basket

700

Total

151,900

2012

Patient Assistance Fund

100,000

6th Floor Breakfast and Coffee

18,000

Total

118,000

2011

Patient Assistance Fund

50,000

6th floor Breakfast and Coffee

18,000

Parking Voucher Program

20,000

Meal Vouchers ICU/HSCT

14,600

Total

102,600

2010

Patient Assistance Fund

50,000

Parent Coffee

18,000

Parking Voucher Program

20,000

Total

88,000

2009

Patient Assistance Fund

40,000

Parent Coffee

16,000

Parking Voucher Program

10,000

Total

66,000

2008

Patient Assistance Fund

45,000

Ronald McDonald House Vouchers

5,000

Parking Voucher Program

4,500

Total

54,500

2007

Patient Assistance Fund

30,000

6th Floor Daily Coffee Break

16,335

Ronald McDonald House Vouchers

5,000

Total

51,335

2006

Patient Assistance Fund

30,000

Ronald McDonald House Vouchers

6,500

Cafeteria Gift Cards

2,500

Total

39,000

2005

Patient Assistance Fund, Rent Assist

11,981

Ronald McDonald House Vouchers

6,330

Total

18,311