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    Patient Grants

    Receiving treatment and care for blood cancers may disrupt income and bring about new expenses, including medical bills, co-pays, child care, lodging and travel expenses, and more. The Leukemia Research Foundation Patient Grant Program is intended to assist patients and their families by easing the financial burden so they can focus on their health and treatment.

    The Patient Grant Program offers a one-time grant to eligible patients with a blood cancer diagnosis – leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, or myelodysplastic syndromes.

    The maximum grant is $1,500 per applicant.


    1. Applicant must reside within the state of Illinois or within 100 miles of Chicago.
    2. Applicant household income can be no more than 400% of the federal government’s poverty level. See below.
    3. Applicant must have a blood cancer: leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, or myelodysplastic syndromes.
    4. This is a one-time grant. Grant recipients are not eligible to apply again in subsequent years.
    leukemia financial assistance poverty guidelines

    What you need to apply

    Required information

    • Details of your diagnosis, including date, treating hospital, and treating physicians.
    • Social worker contact information (if applicable).
    • Information about dependents.
    • Details of employment status for yourself and your spouse/partner, including dates of hire and income.
    • A statement describing your request for assistance.

    Required documents

    1. Letter from treating physician (or nurse practitioner) confirming blood cancer diagnosis and verifying patient is in active treatment. The letter should be dated no earlier than January 2022.
    2. Copy of applicant household federal tax return for the most recent year (page showing income). If applicant does not file a tax return, a copy of a benefits statement (such as disability) or a copy of a most recent pay stub (for all household members) may be submitted.

    Other information

    The Leukemia Research Foundation may also request (not required at time of application, but may be requested during application review):

    • Applicant’s household bank statements from the last three months, including checking, savings, CDs, and money markets.
    • Verification of employment.
    • Copy of applicant’s driver’s license or state ID.
    • Interview with applicant or family member to clarify information in the application.

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