Financial Assistance

This Star Won't Go Out is a non-profit foundation serving families with children diagnosed with life-threatening cancer. Often families have no choice but to cut back on work in order to care for their child. Bills can become another stressor when families are already overwhelmed by fears for their child's health. TSWGO assists families in New England with financial gifts that can be used for medical expenses, items needed by the child with cancer, or living expenses such as rent and utility payments.

Requests for financial assistance begin by completing this form. The application should come directly from a health care professional, and must include:

  • information about the child (ages 0-26) diagnosed and in current/recent treatment for cancer.  TSWGO assists families living in or receiving medical care in Massachusetts and other New England states.

  • the application signed by the family and a healthcare professional

  • a letter of advocacy written and signed by the social worker or appropriate healthcare worker

  • details or copies showing how the grant will be used  

These grants will be evaluated and approved based on available funds on a monthly basis; any applications which we cannot approve during the current month can be resubmitted at a future time.  While we will assist children diagnosed with cancer in treatment in New England, Massachusetts will remain at the top of our fulfillment list when funds are limited.  You are always welcome to send a quick email or call to find out about the current availability of funds.

If qualified and approved, please note that the award check will go directly to the parent and address listed on the application form.  If it is preferred that a check be sent either in your care to hand out directly, or endorsed directly to a bill that is due, please be sure to include this information in your letter and to specify recipient and address.  

Assisting families struggling with the financial stress that results from caring for a child with cancer is a big part of our mission.  While we are a small organization, we are so glad to have helped hundreds of families since 2011, with gifts totaling $400,000.

Please mail or email via an official health care email server the complete application to TSWGO at: