Cancer treatments, doctor appointments, work schedules, and life responsibilities can take a toll on families. Access to transportation and the potential costs to and from appointments can add additional pressures.
The following organizations are there to help, whether your need is a few miles up the road, or a plane trip across states. Should you need more information, please contact Boston Cancer Support.
Going through cancer treatments can be overwhelming. Trying to figure out how you’re going to get to and from the hospital should not have to be an additional stressor, but for many, it is. Thanks to a partnership between Boston Cancer Support and Lyft, there is help. Lyft is dedicated to bringing reliable transportation to Boston and surrounding neighborhoods, offering 5 rides for up to $10.00 each for new users.
Individuals insured by MassHealth may be eligible for non-emergency transportation ( MassHealth PT-1, or prescription for medical transportation) when access to public or private transportation is not available to and from MassHealth covered services, including medical appointments, counseling, and day habilitation.
Every day thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need. If you or your loved one needs a ride to treatment, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to be matched with a volunteer, or enter your zip code below to check for programs in your area. Here is a link to Massachusetts providers.
Ride Match is a regional directory of transportation options (private, public, and non-profit) for anyone needing to travel in Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond.
Dial-A-Ride is curb-to-curb transportation for passengers who meet ADA requirements and/or are age 60 and above. To address questions or concerns over the telephone, call 508-222-6106 or 508-823-8828 X211. TDD 508-824-7439. GATRA oversees operations of fixed route bus services in Attleboro and Taunton, Duxbury, Foxborough, Franklin, Kingston, Mansfield, Marshfield, Middleborough, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Plymouth, Raynham, Seekonk, Wareham, and Wrentham. GATRA also plays a vital role in the provision of Commuter Rail service to Boston by providing shuttle services to MBTA stations in the towns of Bellingham, Franklin, Norfolk, Norton, Mansfield, Medway, Middleborough, Pembroke, and in 2015, Scituate.
We Beat Cancer works with hospitals, cancer support groups, individuals, and foundations in the New England area to provide financial aid from parking, meals, transportation and hotel accommodations, to wish list requests from area hospitals. Such hospital items have ranged from a Bose surround sound system to a mammogram x-ray chair.
If you, your family member, or your consumers need to get to local or long distance medical appointments in Massachusetts, some transportation service options may be available. In addition, medical shuttles are available in some areas for long distance transportation into medical facilities in Boston or other areas. See link for a list of long-distance medical shuttles currently operating in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts residents who are age 65 or older or who have a disability can buy taxi coupon books worth $10.00 at a cost of $5.00. Taxi coupon books may be purchased at Boston City Hall, Room 271, at your local senior center or elderly housing complex. Call ahead for availability: 617-635-4366. Taxi coupons may be purchased with cash only. Bring photo ID and proof of Boston residency when purchasing coupon books.Residents can purchase no more than two coupon books each month.Taxi coupons never expire.
Residents of Cambridge who have a disability can call for Door-to-Door rides for local non-emergency medical appointments and for weekly trips to the grocery store. Door2Door Transportation by SCM accepts reservations on a first-come, first-served basis.
THE RIDE paratransit service provides door-to door, shared-ride transportation to eligible people who cannot use fixed-route transit (bus, subway, trolley) all or some of the time because of a disability, including medical. THE RIDE operates 365 days a year generally from 5 AM – 1 AM in sixty (60) cities and towns. For RIDE trips with origin and destination within 3/4 mile of fixed-route service that operates outside of these hours, or in other municipalities within 3/4 miles of MBTA bus service, extended RIDE service is available. For more information see this brochure on eligibility. While an application is necessary, hospital Resource Specialists can often request a one-time 30-day medical necessity to expedite approval.
Mercy Medical Angels® administers charitable or deep-discount airline ticket programs for patients and patient escorts on behalf of various major airlines. Ambulatory patient travel exceeding 750 miles necessitates the use of airline resources. Special circumstances can make it advisable to use these programs for even shorter distances. MMA personnel are highly experienced in these diverse and often changing airline patient ticket programs.
Angel Flight Northeast coordinators have scheduled more than 65,000 flights. Our 1,000+ Volunteer Pilots have flown over 13 million miles providing more than 62,000 patients and their families free air transportation to medical care. As well, our 200+ Earth Angels are there to greet the patients and their families with open arms and transport them to and from their destinations. Angel Flight Northeast’s main service area covers 9 states
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SKY is a Denver-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing FREE FLIGHTS for patients to medical facilities throughout the United States using mainly donated charter and corporate jets. Those who seek our help are typically in need of routine, critical or life-saving care and cannot use commercial airline service or other means of transportation because of financial constraints and medical issues.
Angel Flight East is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community by facilitating free air transportation for children and adults with medical conditions who need to get to treatment far from home. AFE serves the Eastern region of the United States, and for destinations beyond our reach, we link with other volunteer pilot organizations. Anyone who requests a flight must be medically stable, able to board an aircraft, and fly in a small single or twin engine aircraft.
The National Patient Travel Center provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medically-related transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical transportation network.
The purpose of the National Patient Travel Center is to ensure that no patient with financial is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment for lack of a means of long-distance medical transportation.
Founded in 1985, Miracle Flights assures families with limited financial resources are not without options. Patients of any age, who are in need of out-of-state medical care or second opinions, may be eligible to receive air travel assistance through Miracle Flights, at no cost and as often as needed.
For children with serious illnesses or injuries, treatment may be available. But, it’s often located too far away for them to access. Children’s Flight of Hope (CFOH) is changing that—providing free air transportation to and from medical facilities for children who—due to medical, financial or logistical reasons—are not able to travel to treatment any other way. It’s a mission of care. Of joy. Of hope. We’re getting treatment off the ground for the children who fly with us and, because of that, spirits are soaring!
Angel Wheels to Healing™ (formerly Angel Bus) is a non-profit charity, dedicated to providing non-emergency, long-distance ground transportation to financially disadvantaged, ambulatory patients who are traveling for treatment. A typical trip supported by Angel Wheels to Healing does not exceed 300 miles (one-way), and we do not normally handle trips within a local area or community. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis, routinely for cancer patients traveling daily for treatment.
The mission and purpose of Angel Airline Samaritans is to ensure that no cancer patient is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment for lack of a means of long-distance commercial airline transportation. Angel Airline Samaritans (AAS) facilitates no-cost or reduced rate commercial airline tickets for needy cancer patients and their families. AAS encourages patient transport referrals through the National Patient Travel Center
Patient AirLift Services is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit that arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially. PALS also arranges volunteer flights for family members of patients as compassionate missions, to ensure patients have support when they are away home for long periods.
Corporate Angel Network is the only charitable organization in the United States whose sole mission is to help cancer patients access the best possible treatment for their specific type of cancer by arranging free travel to treatment across the country using empty seats on corporate jets. This not only improves the patients’ chances of survival but at the same time, it reduces their emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden. Eligibility to participate in our program is open to all cancer patients, bone marrow donors, and bone marrow recipients who are ambulatory and not in need of medical support while traveling. Eligibility is not based on financial need, and patients may travel as often as necessary.