Finances

Leeland, Jeff. One Small Sparrow: Michael's Story of Hope and Compassion in the Classroom. Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Books, 2000. Written by the father of a baby with leukemia, this heartwarming true story describes how a community raised the entire cost of a successful bone marrow transplant. Contains numerous ideas for methods to raise funds. Christian perspective.

Pammenter Tolley, Diane. Finding the Money: A Guide to Paying Your Medical Bills. Tynsdale House Publishers, 2001. Available from BMT Infonet: (888) 597-7674. A book to help families of people who need transplants. It provides information on assessing what your transplant and aftercare will cost, how to track and pay for bills, and fundraising. Includes stories from patients who succeeded in raising funds to cover costs of medical care.

Peterson, Sheila. A Special Way to Care. 1988. A guide for those who wish to provide financial/ emotional support for families of ill children. Discusses how to differentiate between interference and advocacy Explains how to organize, manage, and perpetuate a support fund. Excellent resource.

Pizzo, Philip A., MD, and David G. Poplack, MD, eds. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven, 2002. Chapter 52, "Financial Issues in Pediatric Cancer."

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