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Pediatric Resource Program

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The stress of a child's cancer diagnosis is often intensified by financial hardship. Many families find it difficult to meet basic expenses such as co-payments for their children's prescriptions, transportation costs, and meals during extended hospital stays. Dana-Farber’s Pediatric Resource Program provides resource assistance to eligible families whose children are currently receiving treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

Assisting patients and families in need

pediatric resource specialists Patricia White, Lilliana Lopera-Jimenez, Ida Alicea, and Joe ChabotPatricia White, Lilliana Lopera-Jimenez, Ida Alicea, and Joe Chabot are pediatric resource specialists at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

The Pediatric Resource Program helps families of pediatric patients access concrete resource assistance. The program, part of the Division of Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology Services, assists these families by:

  • Identifying local, regional, and federal assistance programs;
  • Serving as patient/family advocates and as liaisons between Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital and the resource community; and
  • Providing direct and immediate support in some cases, including grocery gift cards, gift certificates to the local hospital food court, and gasoline cards.

To speak with a Resource Specialist, please ask any member of your care team for a referral or call a Resource Specialist directly.

Resource Specialists

Lilliana Lopera-Jimenez, BS

Patricia White, BSW

Joe Chabot, MS

Ida Alicea

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    • Guidance from pediatric resource specialists helped a New Hampshire family cope with practical and financial concerns following a child’s cancer diagnosis.