Foundation Travel Funds

Travel funds are available to help eligible patients when they must travel for specialized care.

Travel Funds

If you would like to apply for assistance from any of these travel funds, please print and complete the application attaching any appropriate paperwork.


Specific Funds

Each travel fund was created with a specific purposes and has a unique history.  Brief descriptions are below and The Foundation is happy to provide you with more information as requested.

April LaValley Fund
Assists patients diagnosed with cystic fibrosis that need to receive care out of the area.   April was dubbed an ‘angel’ when winning the hearts of North Country residents and her wish was to help others also suffering from cystic fibrosis.

CVPH Travel Fund
Assists adults who need to receive specialized medical care out of the area. The fund was established in 2001 by The Foundation Board of Directors.

Melissa Lahtinen Penfield Fund
Provides assistance to organ transplant recipients and donors.  WIRY and the Lahtinen and Penfield families created this fund to honor Melissa’s memory and legacy.

Roger Senecal Fund
Assists income eligible families who have ill children and need to receive care out of the area. The outpouring of support that Roger received as a little boy in the 1980’s continues to make an impact even today.

Fund Eligibility & Criteria

Applications will be evaluated and approved by a committee appointed by The Foundation of CVPH. Financial need is the primary determinant upon which applications will be weighed - maximum annual household income is $75,000. The size of the grants are limited. Grants are awarded on an equal opportunity basis regardless of sex, color, race, creed or religion.

  • Applicants must be residents of Clinton, Essex or Franklin Counties.
  • The fund is intended to provide assistance to the patient and one travel companion.
  • No healthcare expenses, medications or medical equipment will be funded.
  • These funds assist with gas mileage, ferry tickets, lodging at a hotel recommended by the hospital and food. 
  • Reimbursement for food does not include alcohol may not exceed $25 per day.
  • Receipts and current mailing address must accompany all requests for fund reimbursement.
  • Reimbursement is only for expenses outside of the area.  


Download application here.