National Pediatric Cancer Foundation Partners With Jesse Palmer to Announce Safety Net Grant Program Providing Financial Assistance for Patients & Families
Advanced cancer patients eligible for grants up to $500 reimburse eligible treatment-related costs
NEW YORK, April 21, 2017 – The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating childhood cancer, has partnered with Jesse Palmer, Good Morning America television personality and ESPN football analyst, to launch a Safety Net Grant Program to provide financial assistance to advanced cancer patients for treatment-related costs. The announcement was made yesterday during an event with the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, a partner institution in NPCF’s Sunshine Project, which aims to fast track less-toxic, more targeted treatments for children.
Through the Safety Net Grant program, grants up to $500 are available to reimburse patients under the age of 18 for eligible treatment-related expenses such as medicine, transportation to/from treatment, insurance co-pays or out of pocket costs and medical supplies. The program is designed to help minimize these additional costs and provide some financial relief for patients and families undergoing treatment or participating in clinical trials.
“Cancer is a battle that no one fights alone, and the devastating impact of the disease touches every aspect of patients’ and their families’ lives,” said Jesse Palmer. “In recognition of the challenges these families go through, I’ve become personally and philanthropically vested in the Safety Net Grant Program in order to directly assist pediatric patients and their families to reduce this financial burden.”
Beyond providing financial support to patients and families through the Safety Net Program, the NPCF also leads an initiative called the Sunshine Project that focuses on funding research and clinical trials to increase pediatric cancer survival rates.
“The Safety Net Grant Program was established to further our commitment to supporting pediatric patients and their families in their fight against cancer,” said David Frazer, Chief Executive Officer, National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. “Through our strategic partnerships and patient-focused initiatives, we’re actively working to help advance research efforts to evaluate better treatment options to increase pediatric cancer survival rates, and this program will help provide critical financial assistance for treatment-related expenses.”
Approximately four percent of annual cancer research funding is directed toward treating pediatric cancer. And, since 1980, fewer than 10 drugs have been developed for use in children with cancer compared to hundreds of drugs developed for adult cancer patients.
“The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a valued partner committed to supporting ground-breaking research in pediatric cancer in order to improve treatment options,” said Jonathan Gill, M.D., attending physician at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, associate professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College, and Sunshine Project researcher. “This new Safety Net Grant Program will help provide financial relief to pediatric patients and their families as they receive critical care in their fight against cancer.”
For more information and to apply, visit the Safety Net Grant Program page on the NPCF’s website at nationalpcf.org.
About the National Pediatric Cancer FoundationThe National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer through the Sunshine Project, the Foundation’s collaborative research initiative. In support of its mission, more than $13 million has been contributed to researchers, including 11 different initiatives since 2005. By partnering with doctors and researchers from the country’s top institutions, the Sunshine Project is fast-tracking the development of new drugs and therapies that will ultimately lead to the cure of childhood cancers. For more information, go to www.NationalPCF.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
About Montefiore Health System
Montefiore Health System is one of New York’s premier academic health systems and is a recognized leader in providing exceptional quality and personalized, accountable care to approximately three million people in communities across the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley. It is comprised of 10 hospitals, including the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and close to 200 outpatient care sites. The advanced clinical and translational research at its’ medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, directly informs patient care and improves outcomes. From the Montefiore-Einstein Centers of Excellence in cancer, cardiology and vascular care, pediatrics, and transplantation, to its’ preeminent school-based health program, Montefiore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system providing coordinated, comprehensive care to patients and their families. For more information please visit www.montefiore.org. Follow us on Twitter and view us on Facebook and YouTube.
National Pediatric Cancer Foundation Contact: Molly Vazquez, 727-729-1468, Mvazquez@nationalpcf.org
Montefiore Contact: Rachael McCallen, 718- 920-4011, firstname.lastname@example.org