Life changes in many ways when you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. It is devastating enough to live with cancer - the added expense of having to periodically travel out of the community, stay at a hotel and make arrangements for children at home is stressful and exhausting for the cancer patient and their family.
Cancer Care is here to help you by providing limited financial grants to residents of Southern Southeast Alaska (Petersburg and Kake and points south) to help cover expenses related to treatment outside of your community of residence.
Applying is easy - print out the Travel Assistance Application and either bring it to Wrangell Medical Center, mail it to: Wrangell Medical Center, Cancer Care Program, PO Box 1081, Wrangell, AK 99929 or fax to Cancer Care at: 907-874-7170.
The Cancer Care Brochure also has additional information about how to apply.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process for getting assistance?
Cancer Care Travel Assistance is a "reimbursement" program which means expenses are reimbursed to the traveler after the trip is complete so keep all your receipts when you travel and fill out the Travel Assistance Application when you return. Mail or fax your receipts and the completed application to the above address or fax number. A subcommittee of the Cancer Care Group will be notified to review the request for approval. They will contact you in 1 to 2 weeks.
How much assistance is available?
Cancer Care travel grants cover up to $1,000 each year for travel expenses related to tests or treatment for cancer. Examples of expenses include documentation for airfare, lodging, rental car,gasoline, taxis, shuttle bus, ferry tickets or other expenses related to travel outside your community for treatment. If you have questions, contact Wrangell Medical Center at 907-874-7000.
What is not reimbursed?
If your travel expenses were already covered by Medicaid, SEARHC or other payer source, it will not be reimbursed a second time. Expenses for traveling companions are not covered unless escorting a minor child diagnosed with cancer. Expenses that are unrelated to travel for cancer care are not reimbursed.
How can I donate to the Cancer Care Program?
Individual tax-deductible donations made in behalf of cancer survivors or those who lost their heroic battle with the disease are designated for the Cancer Care Program. Donations may be mailed to WMC Foundation at PO Box 1081 Wrangell, AK 99929.
Links to cancer assistance programs