Individual Support for Children and their Families

Brief Description:

During a child’s extended stay at the hospital for treatments and procedures, Larger Than Life hospital coordinators visit the family on a daily basis and tend to any needs that will make their stay easier and improve their well-being.

The Need:

Over 700 children with cancer go through active chemotherapy treatment annually. Their treatments and procedures often require that the child and parents stay in the hospital for weeks or months on end. Being in the hospital, away from your family, and undergoing treatment is an incredibly stressful and uncomfortable experience, though a positive and spirited attitude is essential to the child’s healing process.

The Program:

We aim to make families more comfortable during long stays at the hospital. Our team members hope to make the stay as pleasant as possible for the family through entertainment programs, assistance in navigating health care bureaucracy, and logistical and financial aid.

Larger Than Life hospital coordinators are in close contact with the social workers in the children’s oncology wards of hospitals throughout Israel. They form personal connections with families staying in the hospital for cancer treatments, assess what assistance the families need, then take action to help them.

The coordinators address a wide range of needs, such as organizing fun activities at the hospitals for the children receiving treatment, providing financial support to help the families purchase medication and necessary equipment, providing laptops or electronic tablets to keep children entertained while they’re in isolation after a bone-marrow transplant, arranging for volunteers to hold engaging storytelling or arts and crafts events, and more.

In addition to the effects of the treatment, the amount of time children with cancer and their parents spend in the hospital is incredibly draining on their energy levels and spirit. Our trained coordinators do all they can to make their stay a little more comfortable.

The aid we provide our families in times of need is made possible through the generosity of people like you. With your help, we can continue to support our brave children and heroic parents as they navigate the challenges of childhood cancer.

Transportation to the Hospital for Treatments

Brief Description:

In an effort to make families facing childhood cancer more comfortable, we provide free transportation to and from the hospital for the children’s treatment to those who need it.

The Need:

As the costs of cancer treatments are a great financial burden, many families do not have the funds to own or fuel a car, adding a major roadblock in helping their children receive the life-saving treatment they desperately need.

The Program:

We aim to make life as comfortable as possible for children with cancer and their families. As many families cannot afford to own, maintain, and fuel a car, we provide free transportation for them to travel to and from the hospital for treatment. As a result, children can receive their treatment on time, and parents have one less matter to add to their stress load.

Our ability to provide this critical aid is made possible through the generosity of people like you.

We hope that you’ll join our community and help support Israeli families who are fighting for their child’s life.

Health Care Fund

Brief Description:

In an effort to ease the substantial financial burden childhood cancer can have on a family, Larger Than Life provides monetary assistance to help families pay for treatments, procedures, and medical equipment that aren’t covered by the public Israeli health insurance.

The Need:

Over 700 children with cancer go through active chemotherapy treatment annually. The diagnosis period and the hospital treatments can last between one and two years.

Every year, families of hundreds of children are forced to risk their economic future and the entirety of their assets to raise the funds necessary to save their child’s life. Larger Than Life is approached every week with requests to cover the costs of innovative treatments, medical equipment, procedures, travel, and more. As some families need to travel outside of Israel to receive a special form of treatment for their child, and some innovative treatments and life-extending drugs are not covered by Israeli health care, the costs associated with treatment are astronomical.

The Program:

We aim to fill the gap between the life-saving needs of children with cancer and the amount their insurance is able to fund.

Through the fund, we are able to help in the following ways:

  1. Financing medicine and equipment that will improve their quality of life, including life-saving or -extending drugs, home renovations that will fit the needs of the sick child, unique food supplements, wheelchairs and orthopedic equipment, freezing girls’ ovum before chemotherapy, dental procedures after chemotherapy, wigs, and medical tests and treatments that are not financed by the family’s health insurance
  2. Financing experimental treatments with various medical experts around the world
  3. Providing immediate, flexible, and quick access to a wide range of innovative life-saving medical support
  4. Receiving approval from government authorities to allow a child to use a new, life-saving drug, and funding it until the Israeli Ministry of Health takes over the costs and includes it in public health insurance.

Receiving financial aid for treatment may be what saves a family from losing their home. They have already faced so much pain from the effects of childhood cancer, that the finances are just another heavy burden upon their shoulders that we aim to ease.

This health care fund has helped save countless lives and improve the wellbeing of children with cancer. Our ability to provide this aid is made possible through the generosity of people like you.

We hope that you’ll join our community and help support Israeli families who are fighting for their child’s life.