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How We Help
Assistance Provided by Taraboom 

Taraboom’s mandate is to assist families living in our designated area of assistance that are facing financial difficulties due to a child's life-threatening illness.

The following are the expenses that the Foundation will provide financial assistance for:

  • Travel expenses to and from hospitals or medical facilities to receive treatment.

  • Accommodation expenses while the child is receiving treatment at a facility that is outside the geographical area within 200 kilometres of the family's primary residence.

  • Treatment not funded by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan or by private insurance held by the family.

  • Assistive devices or specialized equipment required as part of the treatment, and not funded by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan or by private insurance held by the family.

  • Funds to subsidize daily living expenses of either parents or the primary caregiver (in the case of single parent families) should they become unable to work because of caring for their child as a result of their illness. Funds may be allocated towards mortgage payments, utilities and/or groceries, car repair for reliable family transporation, in some cases therapy for children or siblings.

Who We Help 

In order to be eligible for assistance, the following initial criteria MUST be met:

  • the child must be 17 years of age or younger

  • the child must be a resident of South Western Ontario within the assistance area as defined

  • the child suffers from a life threatening illness

  • the family must demonstrate that the child’s illness has placed them in financial hardship

If the Board of Taraboom determines that the family meets the initial eligibility for assistance, a more detailed application is then sent to the family for completion, which permits Taraboom to review in more detail, the family's circumstances and authorizes the Taraboom to speak with medical care providers and make financial inquiries as necessary. The application must be completed in full.

No financial assistance is given directly to a family that has qualified. Each family is unique in their delicate situation and assessed on their needs. Each family that qualifies for Taraboom support then works closely with their Taraboom contact to allocate the approved funds to best suit their individual situation.

Assitance per family is once in a life-time only and the amount is on a per family need as determined.

Taraboom deals directly with the families in need as they contact us. If you are not the immediate family, we cannot consider the request, nor if not in our designated assistance area can we consider financial support.

We truly understand the desire to assist a friend or family member going through something so unimaginable as an ill child, but please have them contact us directly for eligability.

assistance area

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To include Waterloo, Brant, Wellington,
all of Norfolk & Grey Counties

So important ....please note: Although we want to help all that come our way, we do have an outlined assistance area that limits our reach at the present time. Please be sure to check the area to see if you are within our boundaries. We so dislike having to write any letters of regret.

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P.O. Box 20171,
St. Thomas, ON N5P 4H4

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Provincial award

June Callwood Award 2014

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Tara "Boom" Houston Children's Foundation

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