Now in its 47th year, NUDM is one of largest entirely student-run philanthropies in the nation. Since 1975, NUDM has raised more than $20 million for more than 30 different charitable organizations.
This year, NUDM is proud to partner with Compass to Care and the Evanston Community Foundation as its primary and secondary beneficiaries, respectively. Join us March 5-7, 2021 because #HopeTravels.
Compass to Care supports families who have a child with cancer through assistance that can include funding for airfare, bus fare, car rental, gasoline, lodging, parking fees, taxi fees, tolls, and train fare and even long-distance travel.
Every day, 34 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. This translates into approximately 12,500 children diagnosed annually. Yet, with a relatively small population of children with cancer, most communities across the United States cannot support teams of specialists needed to treat pediatric cancer from start to finish. As a result, children must travel to access treatment at specialty pediatric cancer facilities. In Illinois, there are only three metropolis areas that have hospitals offering cancer treatment for children: Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield. Parents often report that non-medical expenditures can be the most troublesome because, unlike medical bills, these non-medical expenses must be paid immediately and are rarely reimbursed.
NUDM and Compass to Care are working together to eliminate the monetary burden of cancer-related travel costs, remove the stress of planning a trip and traveling with a child who is ill and give hope for their child’s cure from cancer.