Cerner Charitable Foundation (formerly known as First Hands) provides funding for individual children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. More information and applications can be found on their website.
Funding criteria: The child must be 18 years of age or younger (a person 19–21 may be considered if they are in a child-like mental state); the child must be under the care of a pediatrician; the case must involve a child with a specific health care need; the request must be clinically relevant to the health of the child; and there must be no existing insurance coverage for the requested expenses. One request per year, per child for a maximum of three times in a child’s lifetime
Expenses covered include:
- Treatment: Clinical procedures, medicine, therapy, prosthesis, etc.
- Equipment: Wheelchairs, assistive technology equipment, care devices, hearing aids, etc.
- Displacement: Lodging (only if charitable housing is unavailable), gas ($0.33 per mile), parking and transportation related to a child’s care
- Vehicle modifications: Lifts, ramps and transfer boards
Web: Web site
Phone: (816) 201-1569