Travel to doctor appointments and treatment centers is cost-prohibitive for many patients. Too often, patients select a caregiver based on the proximity to home, rather than the best available. And with cancer, selecting a doctor and facility that specializes in a particular cancer makes a huge difference in outcomes. But help is available through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org) for those with blood cancers (including multiple myeloma), which has reopened their Patient Travel Assistance Program. Funds are limited and will be disbursed to qualified candidates on a first come first serve basis. Program details The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Patient Travel Assistance Program is available to blood cancer patients (which includes multiple myeloma) with significant financial need, who may qualify to receive financial assistance for approved expenses which include: ground transportation (gas, tolls, car rental, taxi, bus, train, ambulance services, etc.), air travel, and lodging related expenses. Eligibility
Patients cannot receive travel assistance both locally and nationally. If a patient has received local assistance this fiscal year, he can submit an application for this program in the new fiscal year.
Submitting the application doesn't guarantee acceptance in the program. Each application will be reviewed and patients notified of their status.
Financial Assistance received by patients from the LLS Patient Travel Assistance Program are generally not taxable. However, we recommend patients consult with a tax professional for a final determination. For more information The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Patient Travel Assistance Program PO Box 5540 Midlothian, VA 23112 Toll Free Number: 844-565-2269 Fax Number: 804-419-4149 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lizzy Smith was diagnosed with myeloma in 2012 at age 44. Within days, she left her job, ended her marriage, moved, and entered treatment. "To the extent I'm able, I want to prove that despite life's biggest challenges, it is possible to survive and come out stronger than ever," she says.