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October 10, 2013

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October 10, 2013

What a kind-hearted organization! They gave us gas cards to help with all the driving to doctors' appointments. They also gave my teenage daughter a pair of Lollapalooza tickets (& meal money) to use after she completed 9 horrible months of chemo - she was so excited! They also called and checked in to see how she was doing afterward. I also LOVE how they raise funds for research too so other children won't have to battle cancer like she did. Thank you Bear Necessities!!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 6, 2013

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September 6, 2013

This is one of the most amazing nonprofits in Chicago. Kathleen Casey took the most horrific situation-the death of her son - and created this Foundation that helps children who live with cancer, as well as their families. Kathleen is gracious, humble, yet tenacious about the Foundation. It is a very well respected entity in the non profit world.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing b/c it's great right now!

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Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 6, 2013

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September 6, 2013

Bear Necessities is amazing! When my 2 year old son was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, Bear Necessities went above & beyond to find him a swingset so he would still be able to play outside when he wasnt supposed to be around others. I recommend this organization to anyone who has a child fighting cancer.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 6, 2013

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September 6, 2013

I had been given a call for my son to receive a Bear Hug from Bear Necessities. With talking about what would be good for him to have, we received a toddler bed frame, pirate bed sheets, and a treasure chest toy chest for my 2yr old who had been diagnosed with a Wilm's Tumor stage 2 and was going through chemotherapy. This far exceeded what I had thought would be given to us, and it was just what my son needed at the time. He was able to go to his comfy bed all by himself instead of being lifted into the crib I had for him; and he could pick up toys easy with them all fitting in a toy chest, so it was fun for him to play and didn't wear him out to pick up after his treatment days. Bear Necessities is great!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make no changes. They really understand where the families they serve are at, emotionally and physically; and are so compassionate to help out!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

Bear Necessities is one of the best organizations, hands down. As a former client (Cancer Survivor), the staff at Bear Necessities really did a lot for me. I did not really know much about BN previous to my battle with osteosarcoma, and I could not have imagined the great lengths to which other people truly went for me as I fought for my life. Though unexpected, it was definitely not unappreciated. I could never, and will never, forget what the generous team of volunteers at Bear Necessities have done for me. I was honored as a small miracle ambassador that following year, and as I interned for them (summer 2009) I really came to better understand what it is that they do. They're more than just a small miracle provider- BN is a big miracle, in and of itself. I'm glad that I was, and will always be a part of the BN family.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own battle with cancer.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 22, 2010

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June 22, 2010

This organization is making a huge impact in so many young children's (and their family's) lives. Bear Necessities is filling gaps in 3 different areas on its mission to eliminate pediatric cancer and provide hope and support to those affected by it. It raises money to fund research. The grants are for researchers specifically looking into the causes and treatments of many of the most common pediatric cancers. It also funds hospital subsidy programs. The hospitals let the Foundation know their needs, and we help fill them. Finally Bear Necessities gives "Small Miracles" to the kids in an effort to help them forget they are sick for a day and treat them to a special day. The organization has sent many children to the American Girl Place and many of the Chicago area sporting events. The also give families gas cards and other necessities that make the traveling to hospital treatments easier. Katherine Casey has taken Bear's dream of helping children with cancer to the next level. Bear Necessities is truely a FANTASTIC charity!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the effects Bear Necessities has on the families, hospitals, and communities. The families are so excited and thankful for the help and support they receive from the organization. Meeting the people & seeing their appreciation is SO rewarding!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 22, 2010

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June 22, 2010

Bear Necessities is a fantastic organization! I've had the opportunity to volunteer for events, work with the children and families, fundraise, and plan social functions to raise awareness/funds. This experience has been much more than I initially set out for. I have gotten so much experience from the opportunities at BN, but I've also made some wonderful friends along the way. This organization is far-reaching, but still small enough that it feels like a family. I can't say enough great things, and encourage everyone I know to become involved in one way or another.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have gotten to experience the results of this organization on a regular basis. This organization allows for kids to experience 'miracles' that they will remember forever! It's an amazing thing to experience.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make changes in this organization unless those changes dealt with growth. My only wish is that everyone can be lucky enough to get to experience volunteering with Bear Necessities!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the kids smile! I especially love the events that allow for us to interact with the kiddos and their families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

FANTASTIC! I've met some people who I will call friends forever.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

What couldn't it do?!

Ways to make it better...

...nothing could make it better. I love this organization!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Bear Necessities is an outstanding organization that is very deserving of awareness, funding and support. I'm thrilled to be a part of it, and hope that I get to continue to work with BN for many years to come.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 21, 2010

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June 21, 2010

Bear Necessities is an outstanding charitable organization that provides valuable resources to children afflicted with pediatric cancer and their families while raising much needed funds and awareness for cancer research. For the past 5-6 years as a volunteer, auxiliary board member and serving on the development committee, I have been fortunate enough to witness firsthand the incredible work done by the foundation. While raising funds and awareness is critical to accomplishing the mission of eradicating pediatric cancer, BNPCF also realizes how important it is to be there for the children and their families. Whether it is through the fantastic Small Miracle program or simply being there as a friend to listen, the exceptional staff and volunteers of Bear Necessities provide a ray of hope for those in need. The multi-faceted approach of being there for the children and their families while providing funding for cancer research truly sets Bear Necessities apart as a truly unique organization that works tirelessly day after day working towards fulfilling its mission.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by witnessing firsthand how the work of the foundation truly makes a difference in the children's lives.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add more staff, so more children and their families can be reached and helped.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to be a part of an organization that truly cares and is making a difference in our communities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all top-notch and a real delight to work with. All have come from various walks of life to band together to assist the foundation work toward its mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand programs to reach more children around the country. In a time where health card funding cuts have caused a shortage of programs around the U.S., BNPCF could have a greater impact.

Ways to make it better...

i had more time to assist the foundation and its staff.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

receiving additional funding needed to expand programs, as well as increased awareness of the outstanding work done every day.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization needs more support. All of us have been touched in one form or another by cancer. This organization in on the front line trying to do something about that.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 21, 2010

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June 21, 2010

Bear Necessities is an incredible charity that was started with a mission and a dream to help children with cancer be able to enjoy life like other kids. It is a small charity when compared to many others out there but their size is what makes everyone involved feel like they are part of a big family. As an Auxiliary board member for the past 3 years I have been witness to many heart warming success stories and have met amazing people that give their time, energy, and hearts to this cause.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the faces on the kids that can enjoy a carefree afternoon of crafts and fun with their families. Every year the Auxiliary board puts together the "Creative Collaborations" event with Columbia College of Art.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 21, 2010

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June 21, 2010

Bear Necessities is a very special organization dedicated to the fight against pediatric cancer. The members of the organization work tirelessly to fulfill a twofold mission: eliminate pediatric cancer by raising funds for the benefit of scientific research and providing hope and support to the children and families affected by pediatric cancer. One of the key programs is the Small Miracles program, whereby donors can help brighten the life of a child by making their dreams and wishes come true, whether it's a brand new special toy or concerts to see a favorite team or performer. The volunteers, staff and board members of Bear Necessities are extremely dedicated and committed to making a difference not only in the effort to eliminate pediatric cancer, but also in enriching the lives of the children and their families.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

participating in fundraising events where both countless volunteers and guests come to support the efforts of the organization.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being inspired by the courage and positivity of the children, and working with dedicated and compassionate individuals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, dedicated and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make even greater contributions to eliminating pediatric cancer and, in addition, provide even greater support and resources to the children and their families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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