Walking Miracles has developed a travel assistance program to help caregivers,and survivors impacted by childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer in WV.  When we looked at the biggest need, our families said travel was the biggest access isuue and barrier to pediatric cancer care in WV.  The average drive is 2 to 3 hours one direction for our cargivers to drive. The gas cost itself is overwhelming and that doesn't count the tolls they pay to get to their treatment center in certain parts of WV. Our goal was to help get to and from treatment. The travel assistance program provides each family $250  to help defray the cost of gas,food and lodging for any West Virginia family that gets an application for our navigator or hospital social worker or nurse and they recieve their cards 2 times a year for a total of $500 a year.  

Our program is 5 years old, we are in 33 of 55 WV counties. We have served over 200 families and given away over $35,000 in travel assisatance. We work with local and out of state partner hospitals and the social workers and  nurses from these children's hospital send our travel assistance application to our patient navigator Jennifer Gonzalez who helps them get their cards in a timely manner so they can get to and from their treatments during their cancer journey, We also provide them with new patient packets that have an application needs assessment and customer satisfaction form and infomation on the services we can help them with. We serve any West Virginia family whose child, adolescent or young adult is receiving treatment. The participating children's hospitals are WVU Pediatrics in Morgantown WV, CAMC Pediatrics in Charleston WV and Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Centers Pediatric Division In Huntington WV. We also serve West Virginia families who receive treatment in the following referral hospital or children's hospital that is closer to them. Cincinnati Children's, Nationwide Children's ,Rainbow Babies University of Kentucky in Lexington, Children's Hospital Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital Philadelphia and Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Guidelines For Country Roads Travel Program

1. Patients may travel into, or out of, a participating institution to be eligible.
2. Existing resources should already be maximized for each family.
3. Our Travel Fund is intended to fund only additional out of pocket travel expenses.
4. Our Travel Fund is not meant to be the sole source of travel assistance.
5. Maximum allotment per family should not exceed $500.00 a year (Expections can be made by social worker or nurse depending on need)
6. Gas cards provided by Walking Miracles are intended to bring the patient to and from the hospital for treatment, and are not to be used for any other purpose.
7.  Assistance is not retroactive. Walking Miracles will not allocate any funds until we receive the application and all information needed.

Please contact the Walking Miracles Organization for more information at 304-550-9599.

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