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October 28, 2013

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October 28, 2013

I was a volunteer with Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation for 6 years and hope to return next year. This group of people and especially Kathleen are 100% devoted to these amazing children. The things they have done and the things I was lucky enough to be a part of brought so much joy to the children. And as we know their is no greater joy then seeing a sick child smile and have some joy. Great organization and great leadership

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

Nothing . You can't do better then perfect

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 28, 2013

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October 28, 2013

I have been volunteering with Bear Necessities for the past four months. Seeing the staff and volunteers work each day, it is undeniable that their dedication and passion is what separates them from the rest. The staff and volunteers never lose sight of their end goal, finding a cure for pediatric cancer. To say volunteering with Bear Necessities has been a great experience would be an understatement. Volunteering with Bear Necessities has been life changing. Kathleen went through an extremely traumatic experience and now dedicates all of her time and energy into this unique and special organization. What she does everyday is truly inspiring. I am honored to be a member of the Bear Necessities family.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 28, 2013

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July 28, 2009

I have been involved with the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation for about three years and only have truly positive things to say. Two years ago I joined the Auxiliary Board and still serve... more

October 28, 2013

I have been involved with the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation for nearly 7 years now. I can't say enough wonderful things about the organization. Even as a new volunteer, years ago, I knew that this foundation was special and unique. As I worked more with the foundation, I started to understand why. Bear Necessities is a family. It is run by a family and helps families. Everyone who works at BN, and volunteers for BN, is dedicated and passionate and it radiates through their work. I've been a volunteer, served on the Auxiliary Board for years, and now continue to be involved at events and fundraising. Knowing that I could walk into the office at any time and visit and catch up with Kathleen or Courtney was always special and made me feel like a part of this wonderful family they have built. Obviously the work they do is honorable and wonderful, but the way they do it is what makes Bear Necessities truly special.

Ways to make it better...

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

get a BN chapter in every major city in the US.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 28, 2009

I have been involved with the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation for about three years and only have truly positive things to say. Two years ago I joined the Auxiliary Board and still serve on it today. The Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer through funding research, but also provides so many needed services to those who suffer through it daily - patients and their families. I can't think of an organization I would rather devote my time and energy to and seeing what this group can do is inspiring.

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

improving the lives of patients and families through the Small Miracle program.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2013

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October 17, 2013

Bear Necessities is a great organization! I currently volunteer here and the people I work with are amazing. Everyone is passionate about their work and I would recommend Bear necessities to anyone who is looking for a volunteer opportunity.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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 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

June 18, 2010

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June 18, 2010

Over the past year I have had the pleasure of working with the entire staff, and have yet to meet a more dedicated team or a more positive group of employees. Everyone shares in the same goal, bringing joy to those less fortunate.

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

giving kids the experience of a lifetime during an incredibly difficult time in their life.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 17, 2010

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June 17, 2010

Bear Necessities is a unique organization in which it directly helps children and families affected by Pediatric Cancer as well as raise funds for cancer research programs. By utilizing this twofold approach they are able to not only help the families but also work towards a cure. The Small Miracle program grants children a wish ranging from a limo ride downtown, a princess bed to a Rihanna concert and meet and greet. Big or small the idea is to provide patients a memorable and fun experience when they can forget about being a child with cancer and concentrate on just being a child. The research grants allow Physicians throughout the country to work towards the common goal of treating and ultimately finding a cure for Pediatric Cancer. Not only does Bear Necessities raise money for this disease, they truly understand and work closely with the medical community. As a volunteer for Bear Necessities I have seen first hand the amazing work this organization does. The staff is truly committed and have personal ties to the devastation of Pediatric Cancer. They act as supporters, advocates and family to the little lives they are fighting so passionately for.

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

the children and families Bear Necessities has helped as well as the large donations they have made to research programs in order to find a cure.

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

Working with the children and seeing the hard work Bear Necessities does day in and day out put into action.

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

Some of the smartest, most hard working and dedicated individuals I know.

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

Expand into more markets, donate it back to research and ultimately find a cure!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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