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Checklist: Finding Help as a Parent with Cancer

Cancer is expensive. Navigating finances after a cancer diagnosis for parents with young children can be especially difficult. It can be helpful to keep an open mind when thinking about financial assistance. Although you may need one type of assistance, if you are able to get assistance in a different category, funds you have saved can be shifted. For example, if you have money for your gas bill, but not your rent, you may be able to get utility assistance and shift those funds to help you pay your rent. Be creative when looking for help. This Checklist has resources for parents with cancer to find help with certain expenses.

Family Resources:

  • Bright Spot Network provides support for young families dealing with cancer, through support groups, events, navigation, financial help, and more.
  • 2-1-1 can connect you to resources for: basic human needs, such as help with food, clothing, rent, and utilities (e.g., gas, water, electricity; transportation to medical appointments; family support, such as childcare, after-school programs, tutoring, and more. 2-1-1 is available 24/7 in all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico, but not in every city. Find your local area here


Food and Meal Preparation:


  • Use an app that can help schedule carpooling for children
  • Coordinate rides with help from friends and family
  • Check local transit systems to see if they provide free or discounted rates for low-income individuals and families. Some cities also offer bus passes, vouchers for taxi or ride-sharing services, or shuttle services for patients traveling to cancer treatments.

Housing, Utilities, & Housework:

Camps & Special Times:

Triage Cancer does not provide direct financial assistance. However, we do list  financial assistance resources at For information about other strategies for managing finances after a cancer diagnosis, visit:

Last updated: 05/2024

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