Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
Rating: 4.98 stars 45 reviews
Issues: Health, Cancer
Location: 55 W. Wacker Drive Suite 1100 Chicago IL 60601 USA
Target demographics: Children 0-19 battling cancer and their immediate families
Geographic areas served: Local and National
Programs: Bear Hugs. A Bear Hug is a customized experience that brightens the life of a child going through cancer. The Bear Hugs Program also provides immediate family support for financial burden and essential needs. The Bear Discoveries Program awards medical research grants nationwide primarily to junior investigative researchers who make meaningful advancements and discoveries towards finding a cure and therapies for various types of pediatric cancer.
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My daughter was diagnosed with cancer at age 12, before that she was a phenomenal athlete. She loves sports! She is a wrestler, a softball/baseball player and dabbled in soccer, floor hockey, volleyball etc. She was very disappointed when she couldn't play sports anymore, so she started watching the chicago blackhawks and that really got her thru that difficult first months when they won the championship. Her favorite player is Hossa, so when bear necessities wanted to grant her wish she jumped at the chance to go see a blackhawks game. She had so much fun and they surprised her with a meet and greet with her favorite player. She cried tears of joy when she saw him. She will always remember her bear hug.
I have been on the Auxiliary Board for 2 years and a volunteer prior to that helping in the office and with off site events. What I love most about this organization is the ability to interact with the families that we serve.
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I have had the opportunity to work with Bear Necessities on multiple events and every time they have been amazing and leave me anticipating the next one.
Worked as a volunteer this year. Loved the office, very close knit and cooperative. Everyone is so passionate about the organization and creatively trying to make a difference every day for these children. So much time and dedication from just the few employees alone, and even more from the volunteers and families connected… very inspiring to see!
I searched this charity out because of the number of people that I know, spoke extremely highly of the organization, the work they do, and longevity it has had. The work they accomplish with the staff size they have, is unbelievable. Thy have been around for over 22 years. And they lives they have touch is countless. Anyone who's family has been touched by Bear Necessities, can't seem to say enough about how wonderful and helpful they have been to the kids in need.
I attended a 20 year anniversary annual dinner dance, and there were children, some of who are now young adults, who all told their own stories of how Bear Necessities had help them when they were diagnosed with some form of pediatric cancer. They spoke lovingly of the assistance the organization had provided for them, and how grateful they were that someone was there for them in their time of need.
If you need a footprint as to how a non profit organization should be run, please investigate Bear Necessities. The world is a better place because of them.
I can not say enough about this organization. When our daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, they were there from the beginning. We live 60 miles from the closest Children's Hospital. Bear Neccessities furnished us with gas cards to help offset the expense of driving to/from the hospital. The staff is caring, compassionate and responded quickly to our questions and concerns. When our daughter was well enough to travel, Bear Neccessities provided us with a trip to a water park. It was so great to see her laugh and have fun after months of treatment. Bear Neccessities is a wonderful organization with an exceptional staff.
When my son had cancer Bear Necessities lifted his spirits immensely. I have since served on the Board having recently concluded six years of service to Bear Necessities. This is a fiscally conservative well managed charitable foundation, supporting cancer research, and support of families touched by pediatric cancer.
Wonderful organization!!! They granted a "bear hug" to my daughter. What a great experience for her! Can't say thank you enough!!!
I have been a involved with the Bear Necessities Auxiliary Board for four years. I became involved in the organization after attending an event and meeting with Kathleen Casey. After hearing her speak about her son's story I joined the auxiliary board. The dedication of the organization to impact pediatric cancer research on a greater scale is impressive; in addition it remains committed to helping children create memorable experiences with their Bear Hug program. The board is comprised of young professionals from varying backgrounds all joined together to help fulfill the mission of the organization. We are fortunate to meet the children and their families impacted by pediatric cancer as they go through this journey. It is my continued hope that there are less children in need of this organization as we eliminate pediatric cancer however, until then I will continue to support Bear Necessities.
I have volunteered with Bear Necessities for over 4 years. Originally I volunteered because I believed in the organization's cause. I have continued volunteering with Bear Necessities because I know how dedicated and driven they are to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and to help those who have been touched by it. The foundation staff are hard working for the kids/families they serve and are gracious for all of the generous donations. Nothing at Bear Necessities is taken for granted. It's amazing that 80% of funds raised go to directly help the families and to help fund research to eliminate pediatric cancer!