Financial assistance

People do not necessarily think of the loss of income. It’s an unprecedented level of stress and, hopefully, unparalleled. I could already picture me out on the battlefield. So I obviously could not do my job.Caroline Simard, mother of 10-year-old Willem (diagnosed with a brain tumour)

The financial needs of families of cancer-stricken children are many. They are faced with additional and unforeseen expenses such as:

  • Travel, accommodation and meal expenses during medical treatments and follow-ups
  • Childcare costs for siblings while parents travel for their child’s treatments
  • Loss of income if a parent takes a leave of absence from work to care for the child

In 2015-16, $760,817 was awarded to the families of Leucan so that they can focus their energy on what really matters: the recovery of their child.

Funds, grants and programs

To compensate for there unforeseen expenditures, Leucan provides financial assistance to member families in the form of funds and grants:

  • Initial grant: Systematically distributed to all families with a newly diagnosed child;
  • Support grant for a bone-marrow transplant: Allocated when a bone-marrow transplant is required, to cover the travel, food and accommodation costs incurred by a prolonged hospitalization;
  • Recurrence grant: Allocated when a child experiences recurrence and must begin treatment again;
  • Monthly care access allowance: Allocated during the treatment protocol to cover part of the travel and accommodation costs;

A financial assistance in the event of death may be allocated depending needs assessment;

Financial Assistance Application Form – Physical and psychological sequelae arising from pediatric cancer
Reference Guide – Financial Assistance Program for Post-Treatment Sequelae

 

Financial assistance programs offered by both the federal and provincial governments

For more information on the financial assistance programs offered by both the federal and provincial governments, please see Fiscalité, frais médicaux et autres (in French only); a report produced by Samson Bélair, Deloite & Touche in 2011.

Prix Jocelyn-Demers

A $1,000 grant for post-secondary studies awarded once a year to a young Leucan member selected through a contest. For the application form, click here.

For more information on the financial assistance available from Leucan, contact us at 514 731-3696 (toll-free 1 800 361-9643) or at info@leucan.qc.ca.