ExploreBMT is another online resource to help you get connected to various transplant resources.
A bone marrow or cord blood transplant can have many costs that aren’t covered by insurance such as lost wages, co-pays for prescriptions and office visits, and travel and housing costs if the transplant takes place far from home. Many patients need to raise money to help cover these costs. Fundraising is one way friends and family members can help.
Tips for successful fundraising
If you are the transplant patient or primary caregiver, it’s OK to ask for help. Friends, family members, co-workers or others may want to help with fundraising so you can focus your time and energy on treatment and recovery. Here are a few helpful tips for successful fundraising:
Mapping the Maze is a useful guide that provides more information on fundraising and how to find a good organization to work with. It also helps patients plan for the costs of transplant.
- Before you begin, make sure fundraising won’t cause the transplant patient to lose benefits from other programs, such as Medicaid.
- Keep good records of money raised. Keep the money in a separate account from any other personal funds.
- Find out the tax laws for donated funds.
- Look into working with a fundraising organization. If you want donations to be tax deductible, you must work with a tax-exempt organization.
These organizations can help you plan your fundraising campaign: