Pediatric Resource Program

The stress of a child with a serious illness 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, while also keeping up with essential household expenses.

Dana-Farber’s Pediatric Resource Program works with the families of patients who are currently receiving treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, helping eligible families access concrete resource support.

Assisting Patients and Families in Need

The Pediatric Resource Program, part of the Department of Pediatric Oncology, helps families of pediatric patients by:

  • Identifying local, regional, and federal assistance programs.
  • Serving as patient/family advocates and as liaisons between Dana-Farber/Boston Children's and the resource community.
  • 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.

Ida Alicea, Joe Chabot, Lilliana Lopera-Jimenez, Derek Lynch, and Nahomie Johnson are pediatric resource specialists at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

Resource Specialists

Lilliana Lopera-Jimenez, BS

Nahomie Johnson, MEd

Joe Chabot, MS

Ida Alicea

Derek Lynch, BA