Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation advocates for families living in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties that have a child with cancer by providing financial, educational, and emotional support.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAMS:
TBCF provides professional and peer support to the entire family, including parents, the child in treatment, and siblings to ease emotional hardship.
FAMILY COUNSELING GROUPS:
Supportive services in collaboration with local organizations and licensed professionals for families during the varying stages of their child’s treatment.
FINANCIAL STABILITY PROGRAMS:
Low-to-moderate income families can receive help with household bills and expenses associated with caring for a child battling cancer. Funds also help offset the loss of income due to one or more parents reducing work hours or leaving their job to care for their child.
DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
Low-to-moderate income families can ease their immediate financial burden by applying for up to $5,000 for payment of rent or mortgage, auto expenses, utility bills, medications, home care services, food, child care, or hotel accommodations.
If a child’s cancer returns, families can request an additional $2,500 of financial support.
BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT FUND:
If a child is in need of a bone marrow transplant, families can request an additional $2,500 of financial support.
We assist families with up to $2,500 to cover the costs of funeral arrangements.
Items for families such as furniture, appliances, clothing, bedding, and hospital care packages can be provided to families in need.
FAMILY CONNECTION EVENTS:
Family Fun Days, trips for children and their families, and holiday parties are created to offer a safe environment for families to gain support from and connect with one another.
CARE FOR THE CAREGIVERS:
Allows parents and guardians to build camaraderie and engage in self-care. Events such as Mother’s Spa Day provide rest and rejuvenation for the caregivers of children with cancer.
Families of children in treatment can participate in Project Holiday to receive Christmas gifts, Easter baskets, Thanksgiving dinners, Valentine’s Day cards, grocery vouchers, and more! All items are provided by donors and delivered to the families’ home or child’s treatment location.
EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY PROGRAMS:
This program gives parents the necessary tools to support and advocate for their child’s academic career and provides a smooth transition back to school following treatment.
Youth and young adults in need of individualized academic support can apply to receive up to 24hrs of virtual or in-person tutoring services in partnership with Grade Potential Tutoring Agency. This program is recommended for those in maintenance or remission. Qualifying families can now receive tutoring support for siblings as well!
To help families address learning difficulties associated with cancer treatment, TBCF covers up to $1,500 for neuropsychological testing. Test results are used to better understand and effectively advocate for their child’s academic needs.
*Our programs are offered in English & Spanish