Financial and Other Assistance

These organizations provide direct financial support to families of cancer patients in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Metro areas, and in some cases, Minnesota-wide.

Angel Foundation of Minnesota
http://www.mnangel.org/
Provides financial assistance for basic non-medical living necessities for cancer patients and their families in the seven-county Metro area, along with other support services. Grants are approved for rent and housing payments, food, utility bills, non-prescription medication expenses, childcare, bus passes, gas vouchers, and other basic non-medical needs and necessities. Patient grant requests must be made by a healthcare professional. For information, please have your healthcare professional call (612) 627-9000 or email grants@MNAngel.org. Their Facing Cancer Together program offers free education and support to families with children ages 5-18 who have a parent with cancer.

The Pinky Swear Foundation
http://www.pinkyswear.org/
A Minnesota-based 501(c)3 organization whose sole purpose is to improve the quality of life for children and their families struggling daily with cancer. The Pinky Swear Foundation (formally Miracles for Mitch) seeks to provide relief and respite for all families with cancer who are being treated in the state of Minnesota. The Foundation helps children being treated for cancer by partnering with Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis, Children’s Hospital of St. Paul, University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Fairview, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, and the Mayo Clinic. It works through each hospital’s Social Worker network.

Andrew and Abby Szott Foundation
http://szottfoundation.org/
The Andrew and Abby Szott Foundation is a Minnesota state nonprofit organization that provides financial and moral support to families with a child with life-threatening cancer. Its mission “is to give the Gift of Time to help families with children suffering from life-threatening cancer.” Founded by David and Kathryn Szott, the Foundation has grown to provide support to several families in the Midwestern United States.

Cleaning for a Reason
http://www.cleaningforareason.org/
Fighting cancer is difficult enough, but living with it is even tougher—and that’s where Cleaning For A Reason steps in. As a nonprofit serving the entire United States and Canada, Cleaning For A Reason partners with maid services to offer professional house cleaning services to help women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. They currently serve seventeen cities in Minnesota.

Cancer Financial Resources
http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/app/resource-search
A general search engine of the American Cancer Society. Provides a comprehensive list of many resources, including financial and housing resources, based on your ZIP code or home state.

Hand in Hand: Suzanne R. Leider Memorial Assistance Fund
The Fund was created to support sarcoma patients find the treatment they need. Hand in Hand offers financial assistance for second opinion consultations by reimbursing expenses related to travel, phone bills, costs of the evaluation, and related expenses. Although modest, Hand in Hand touches as many patients’ lives as possible. Grants from the Fund are awarded each quarter. The grant maximum is currently $500. The Fund is administered by the Sarcoma Alliance.

Spare Key
http://www.sparekey.org/
(800) 675-8416
Spare Key is a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides housing grant assistance (up to $1,200 towards a mortgage payment) to parents of children age 18 and under who have been hospitalized for serious medical conditions. It currently operates in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Healthwell Foundation
http://healthwellfoundation.org/
The HealthWell Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, copayments, health care premiums, and deductibles for certain medications and therapies. If you’ve been prescribed a medication covered by insurance, but you cannot afford the coinsurance or copayment required, they may be able to assist you by paying for part of your costs associated with the medication.