Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Rating: 4.98 stars   45 reviews


55 W. Wacker Drive Suite 1100 Chicago IL 60601 USA


Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization dedicated to elimintate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it.

Target demographics:

Children 0-19 battling cancer and their immediate families

Geographic areas served:

Local and National


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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Being a board member has been an amazing see the organization driven by the passion of helping kids and focusing everything on that passion! I was able to deliver a Bear Hug in September and the look of delight on the young boys face was priceless. Whether we are to helping on the small impactful things for a child's life when they have cancer, or funding research to help eliminate pediatric cancer, I am inspired and blessed to be a part of this mission.

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

Help even more kids...and fund even more research!

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10 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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7 people found this review helpful

I have been on the Board of BNPCF for two years. I have served on seven (7) not-for-profit Boards over the years, but none as meaningful and purposeful as Bear Necessities. This survey asks "Your role?" I am not only a Board Member, I am the father of a former "client served" by BNC; My son is a pediatric cancer survivor. The Bear Hugs/Small Miracle program personally touched our son's life. Bear Necessities so impacted us that he has served as the Small Miracles Ambassador at a Bear Tie Ball (2009), as a Volunteer Student Summer 2009 Marketing Intern, and I joined the Board. I have watched many sick children smile as a result of BNC over the years, and have spoken to many families touched by the work we do. I spend as much time as I possibly can promoting the good work BNC does, and trying my heart out to raise funds to support not only our Small Miracles Program, but the important Reaserch and Information Support Service Grants that we award annually. God Bless Kathleen Casey and her hard-working staff! Please support BNC.

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

seeing my son smile for the first time in 9 months of undergoing horrific chemotherapy and multiple (5) sugeries! Thank you KAC & BNC for bringing joy into such a dark experience! YOU HAVE HEPLED CHANGE OUR LIVES!!!!!!

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

find a way to infuse 2.5 million in capital to assure its permanent home, and raise enough money so that Kathleen could increase her executive staff to free up her time some for the necessary "face-time" work she so desparately wants to get going on.

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

serving the sick kids and their families.

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

tireless and giving.

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

change the lives of all 12,500 children diagnosed with pediatric cancers annually!

Ways to make it better...

we had more money!

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

they need more executive staff, and they need more money.

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

when you give to Bear Necessities, your money goes to research, programs and services, not to bloated administrative salaries!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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