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Support for Conference Travel
Below are some options to help patients and caregivers get to medical conferences. We encourage you to send us your suggestions, too. And don’t forget to review the tips for traveling.
Oley Travel Grants
Thanks to generous donors there are several $500 travel grants available for consumers/caregivers who will be attending the Oley annual conference for the first time, and for Oley Ambassadors (others may apply for the waiting list). Applicants should not be receiving any other financial assistance for travel and/or lodging expenses related to attending the conference. Travel grants are limited to one per family. Qualified conference attendees should write two paragraphs describing how they believe attending the conference will affect their life and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ideal candidate will also describe their plans to share information learned at the conference with consumers and/or clinicians back home. Travel must be completed and receipts received by Oley before reimbursement can be made.
Organizations such as United Way, Altrusa International, the Kiwanis, Rotary, or Lions Club, churches or synagogues, and disease-specific and wish-granting organizations may be willing to sponsor your travel. One Oley member, Amanda, got support to bring her to an Oley conference in California (from Massachusetts). She says, “I went to one of the club’s meetings as a guest speaker and presented my disease and complications, said what I thought about Oley and how a conference could help me, and how I could bring it back full circle by helping others when I felt better….This is the type of thing these organizations do: they raise money to help other organizations or individuals. They have money set aside to help.” Let us know if you have any questions for Amanda and we’ll pass them along.
Family Caregiver Scholarship
The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving offers a scholarship to family caregivers. According to their Web site, the Mattie J. T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship provides assistance to caregivers “who are seeking training or education in specific skills, procedures and strategies that lead to more effective care while serving to protect their own health and well-being.” In 2014, the institute offered four $2,500 scholarships. Click here to learn more about the scholarship.
IRS Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses, states, “You can include in medical expenses amounts paid for admission and transportation to a medical conference if the medical conference concerns the chronic illness of yourself, your spouse, or your dependent. The costs of the medical conference must be primarily for and necessary to the medical care of you, your spouse, or your dependent. The majority of the time spent at the conference must be spent attending sessions on medical information.” Note that the cost of meals and lodging while attending the conference is not deductible as a medical expense.
There are several organizations that offer free flights for medical treatment and other patient services, including medical conferences. Click here for a list of some of these organizations.