Patient fund - contact CHCO Social Work Department at 720-777-6975
In 2012, Team Durango Derailers created a family assistance fund after our fundraising efforts reached over $50,000. This Patient Assistance Fund helps patients and their families cope with the burden of traveling to and from Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO) from SW Colorado.
Every week, a child from Southwestern Colorado (and their family) receive assistance from the Durango Derailers fund for transportation and lodging related to a visit to CHCO for a total of 500 family uses last year. Annual Team efforts result in funds supporting over $25,000 in lodging and $25,000 for fuel assistance.
The Durango/Southwestern Colorado areas defined for access to these funds includes La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores, San Miguel, San Juan and Archuleta counties in Colorado and San Juan County in New Mexico.
The fund is meant to provide lodging, transportation and some meal assistance. Gas cards ($50 value) will be given to assist families in driving to and from CHCO (1 card each way per CHCO visit). Hotel rooms can be booked through CHCO social work department for one room, for one to two nights per scheduled visit. An exception for patients being treated for a chronic condition or if a longer stay is needed can extend this booking up to five nights during a month period.
The fund is not intended for use to defray costs of medical care or deductibles.
The fund is managed by CHCO Social Work Department and families can contact them at 720-777-6975.