It's a sad fact, but the strain on your finances is a very real liklihood when you start this journey of childhood cancer. But it doesn't have to be devastation.

They say dollar bills carry germs on them. Even a germ couldn't live on a dollar these days.
More than four million uninsured children are eligible for health coverage under Medicaid, a federal-and state-funded health insurance program that covers a range of primary and preventative health services. An additional five million children may qualify for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which expands on the Medicaid program by providing coverage for those families earning higher incomes. Go to a big search engine (Google; Yahoo; DogPile; etc.) and enter "State Children's Health Insurance Program" (include quotes) for all the latest information in your region. There is a lot of information out there.

Together, these programs are known by a variety of names, including Child Health Plus in New York. Catholic Charities agencies and Catholic health care facilities are teaming up to help parents apply for free and low-cost health coverage for their kids through an innovative outreach program called Children's Health Matters.

Please share what you learn with us so we can pass it on. If you have ideas for fund raising that have worked, please share.

My dog is worried about the economy
because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can.
That's almost $21.00 in dog money."
—Joe Weinstein

I wished the buck stopped here; I could use one.


It's not hard to meet expenses -- they're everywhere.

Ideas from our ReadersBuy a large file folder and file all of your medical receipts in it by month; mark the number of trips (for gas deduction) to the doctor, the hospital, the Ronald McDonald House - it will help tremendously when it comes time to do that schedule A on your taxes. Also save and file food receipts from hospital stays - you can deduct them.

Susan Neuhauser






They say money talks, but all mine ever says is "goodbye."

A couple was asked where their money went.
"Oh, about 40 percent for food, 30 percent for shelter, 30 percent for clothing and 20 percent for amusements and incidentals," said the husband.

"But that adds up to 120 percent!"

The couple sighed, "And don't we know it!"

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