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Last update: 10/29/2018

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There are many organizations that can assist cancer patients with free transportation, and many may refer you to another when they cannot help.

Note: Costs associated with travel on a regular basis can be enormous and can easily be underestimated. So it's important to understand both your financial and physical limitations.  Seek help from others, and the many organizations that are in place to assist you.

Index for charities that may provide medical-related assistance

Charities and organizations that can help with paying bills.

Index of Air Travel Resources

AirLifeLine | Angel Flights | Air Care AllianceAir Charity Network | Corporate Angels Network 
Mercy Medical Airlift | Mission Air Transportation Network | National Patient Air
Continental We-Care | Wings of Freedom | Call the airlines | Discount Commercial | Private

Caring Voice Coalition

Local travel
“Road to Recovery”  ACS 

Where available, volunteer drivers take qualified patients to and from treatment.
Phone: 1-800-ACS-2345


Joe's House -  www.joeshouse.org

(877) 563-7468

Lists cancer treatment centers and nearby lodging facilities for cancer patients and their families who must travel away from home for medical treatment
Ronald McDonald House Charities - www.rmhc.org
One Kroc Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523 | (630) 623-7048
Provides temporary housing facilities for families of children hospitalized with life-threatening illnesses

Air Travel Resources



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AirLifeLine Transportation 50 Fullerton Court, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95825. Voice (877) AIR-LIFE / (877) 247-5433 or (916) 641-0600 or (800) 446-1231 and Fax (916) 641-0600.  

Web: http://www.northwoodsairlifeline.org/aboutus.html 

Oncologists and volunteer pilots interested in benefit flying are encouraged to call 877-AIR-LIFE for more information.

Angel Flights  

Also known as 

Air Charity Network

Note: This is a separate and distinct organization from Corporate Angel Network listed below.

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Helps cancer patients travel to distant health centers for care. 
Phone: (800) 989-2602 
Angel Flights
Angel Flight for Veterans
 (for financially needy seniors or hospice patients)


Air Care Alliance  

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Helps cancer patients travel to distant health centers for care.  
Air Care Alliance
Phone: (888) 260-9707 toll free in the U.S. 
or call the direct number at (757) 318-9145

Air Charity

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Free air transportation for patients in financial need who must travel to receive medical treatment
Phone: (866) 569-9464 toll free in the U.S. 



Corporate Angel

This is a separate and distinct organization from Angel Flights listed above.

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Helps cancer patients travel to distant health centers for care. 
Note: Corporate Angel Network need at least one week advance notice.
Phone: (914) 328-1313 Toll Free (866) 328-1313

Mercy Medical Airlift

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Helps cancer patients travel to distant health centers for care. 
Phone: (800) 296-1191 

Mission Air Transportation Network

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Provides free air transportation on corporate aircraft. 
Mission Air
(Canada) 77 Bloor St West, Ste 1711, Toronto, Ont. M5S 3A1 
Phone: (416) 924-9333 

National Patient Air 

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Transportation for patients 
Phone (800) 296-1217

Continental WeCare2

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MD Anderson (Houston) And Continental Airlines: MD Anderson has arranged a contract with Continental Airlines to assist their patients traveling for care. You must first obtain a patient identification number from MD Anderson, but this can be done in advance of your first appointment.
For example, the Continental fares from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Houston was quoted to me today to be $252 each R/T if purchased 21 days in advance and including a Saturday overnight. This ticket would be nonrefundable, and changes in dates would incur $75 penalties. Continental fares not including the Saturday overnight or purchased closer to flying date ranged upwards to $1,828 per person round trip for the same flight!
You may speak with your MD Anderson social worker for information on Continental's reduced fares for their patients, or with your MD Anderson patient identification number in hand, call Continental Airlines department, We Care Two, (800) 932-2732. Currently, their round trip fare from New York’s LaGuardia is $388 per person at any time and fully refundable. Not great, but livable.

Wings of Freedom  

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Help negotiate the lowest airfares.
Phone: (407) 363-1991

Call the airlines . . .

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You can call direct and try to arrange a compassionate air fare. I just wrote to American Airlines, Delta, US Air, and United Airlines requesting that they consider allowing cancer patients to travel free in unused seats. ~ Sue.

Discount Commercial 
Airline Tickets
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Contact Wholesalers on regular commercial airline flights. Anyone can use these sources at any time:   
Fly 4 Less (800) 359-4537 
Travel Bargains (800) 247-3273 
Cheap Tickets (800) 377-1000 
Preferred Member Services (800) 800-9359 
American Travel Associates (800) 243-2724

Local private or military flying club. 

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Many pilots rent small planes for pleasure flights. They might be able to fly you to your destination by rearranging their schedules.
Disclaimer:  The information on Lymphomation.org is not intended to be a substitute for 
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For all medical concerns, you should always consult your doctor. 
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