While AFE provides the transportation for families to access their critical medical care, we often do not think about all the other expenses that come along with an unexpected medical journey. This is why our partner organization, such as Kisses for Kyle, is so important.
Often, a child’s cancer diagnosis will leave a parent deciding between working to pay their bills and focusing on their child’s care. It can be impossible for working parents to be there to take them to doctor’s appointments and medical tests, and to comfort them through surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. Taking a leave from work can lead to unexpected financial concerns and cause undue stress during an already difficult time.
We provide financial assistance to help with bills, including, for example, rent and mortgage, car payments, utility bills, travel expenses, wigs, and food. In addition, we also cover funeral expenses as needed.
The Kisses for Kyle Foundation believes that the entire family is affected when a child is battling cancer. Additionally, the child is struggling to feel “normal”, and other children in the family can feel left out while attention is focused on fighting cancer.
Although our main goal is to help with direct financial assistance, we also provide gifts and donate items to comfort the entire family, not just the child battling cancer. These gifts are provided throughout the year, as well as through our annual Holiday Wish List. Coordinated through the generous help of our supporters, our Wish List allows children to request specific items for the holidays. Past requests have ranged from a doll with hair or computer game to basic needs such as a mattress on which to sleep or a coat to keep them warm through the winter.