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Review for Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I serve on the Board of Directors.