The Ewing's Sarcoma and Pediatric Cancer Support Group
Financial Assistance and Scholarships Information Page
from The Cure Our Children Foundation

Lainie, Alon, Lilah and Barry Sugarman Alon Sugarman During Chemotherapy


In Honor of Alon Sugarman,
15 Years Old, Alive and Well

This site maintained by Barry Sugarman, B.S.ENGR.
Father of Alon Sugarman, Diagnosed March 6, 1998
with Ewing's Sarcoma of the Distal Femur.

**This guide has been written for educational purposes only. It cannot be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. If you have or suspect that you or your child may have a health problem, you should consult your doctor.  Additionally, this site is not intended to provide legal advice or opinions, or financial advice or opinions.  If you need legal advice or opinions, please consult your attorney.  If you need financial advice, consult a qualified accountant.** 

Maintaining Financial Health

by Barry Sugarman, B.S.ENGR., President, The Cure Our Children Foundation
with contributions from Barbara Martin ( ) Gary Suboter, Director, Take My Hand

This page is for assisting families in obtaining needed financial assistance while caring for a child with cancer or other life-threatening disease.  Also included below this article are lots of useful links and resources to help you locate and get the financial assistance that you need. This page was recently updated (December 2006) and includes links to college and technical school scholarships, many of which are specifically for students impacted by cancer, and links to public and private organizations that help with medication and treatment costs, including co-pays. The Direct Assistance section contains links to programs that help with day-to-day needs, such as groceries, rent or mortgage payments, utilities, gas, transportation, etc.

The key to maintaining financial health is to get the assistance that you need in the beginning from your local community.  This assistance may be rendered by friends, local community members, family members, or by a volunteer from our organization.  The person or group assisting you can act as your personal advocate, or you can do this yourself.  Advocates can ask for assistance from landlords, utility companies, finance companies and banks, restaurants, gas stations, churches, temples, government welfare organizations, or any other person or firm.  A comprehensive program may be needed, depending on the particular situation, or there may be only one particular need that may be addressed.

Gary Suboter of our foundation has developed training materials for volunteers, which are examples of how to contact local vendors, businesses, and government agencies by phone and letter to advocate for a family.  The training material may be used by the family directly, by a volunteer from our organization or the local community, or by a family friend willing to advocate for the family.

The training and advocacy material provided by Gary Suboter may be downloaded by clicking here.

To Request Assistance:
Please click here for a web e-mail form
or send an e-mail to Barry Sugarman at
Phone: 310-355-6046

Warmest Regards and Best Wishes...  Barry Sugarman, Gary Suboter, and Hope Ybarra
The Cure Our Children Foundation
Take My Hand

World Wide Web Links and Phone Numbers:

Direct Assistance:



State Medical Assistance Programs:

Federal Government and Related Programs:

Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs:

State Welfare and Public Assistance Programs:

Social Services Departments, County by County:


Important Books:

Please use our link below to search Also, we have listed individual title recommendations below the search link. Our non-profit foundation will receive a commission on each purchase initiated from these links.



Warmest Regards....Barry Sugarman, B.S.ENGR., President
The Cure Our Children Foundation
Phone: 310-355-6046
Fax: 310-454-9592

Should you have any specific questions about transportation, financial or other social and logistic issues, please contact our Take My Hand Project c/o Barry Sugarman,,

This site was last updated on December 9, 2006.