FINANCIAL & EMOTIONAL
SUPPORT

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

In most cases, when a child has cancer, one parent must quit or take a leave of absence from their job in order to care for their sick child. Medical expenses not covered by insurance can be enormous. Out-of-pocket costs, such as childcare for siblings, hospital meals, and travel expenses during out-of-state treatment are exorbitant. When coupled with reduced income, these expenses can be devastating. The Tomorrow Fund helps ease financial burdens by providing:
  1. DAILY STIPENDS
    Whenever a child is hospitalized overnight at Hasbro Children's Hospital, The Tomorrow Fund provides the family with a $15 daily stipend.
  2. PARKING PASSES
    Hasbro Children's Hospital parking passes are given for each family to use throughout the entire length of treatment.
  3. HOME EXPENSES
    The Tomorrow Fund offers assistance with home expenses such as Rent/Mortgage, Utilities, etc.
  4. CO-PAYMENTS
    We provide Co-Payments for medical services, including chemotherapy, not covered by healthcare providers.
  5. EMERGENCY FINANCIAL SUPPORT
    We provide Emergency Financial Support, including out-of-state medical consultations and air travel.
  6. TRAVEL STIPENDS
    We provide Daily Travel Stipends when children must leave the state for bone marrow transplants/procedures ($50 daily).
  7. FUNERAL FUND
    We provide a funeral fund for children who lose their battle with cancer and whose families cannot afford these expenses.
  8. SCHOLARSHIP FUND
    The Dino Germani Scholarship Fund was created by a Tomorrow Fund Friend and Benefactor to provide scholarships to Tomorrow Fund College-bound teens. More than 120 scholarships have been given with the last 14 years.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Childhood cancer causes serious emotional stress and anxiety for patients, parents, siblings, and extended family members. Emotional support is critical to help the sick child and the family as they face these tremendous challenges. The Tomorrow Fund provides funding for:
  1. CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST
    A Child Life Specialist plans, organizes, and directs age-appropriate therapeutic play to alleviate anxiety and stress associated with illness and hospitalization.
  2. PSYCHOTHERAPY SUPPORT
    The Tomorrow Fund provides additional psychotherapy support, as needed, through the Rhode Island Hospital Department of Psychiatry.
  3. SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PARENTS
    Support groups are provided for Parents (Coping and Bereavement), Patients (School-Age/Teens/Young Adults), Siblings, and Cancer Survivors.
  4. CAMP DOTTY
    Camp Dotty is a week long summer day camp for 4-7 year-old patients and siblings.
  1. PEDIATRIC OCOLOGY SOCIAL WORKERS
    Pediatric Oncology Social Workers meet with each child and family to determine their Financial and Emotional needs.