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.
Being a board member has been an amazing experience...to 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.
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 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.