Review: Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer FoundationCancer Websites, Philanthropic Organizations — By nygal on March 29, 2010 at 8:07 am
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Inc. (BNPCFI) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in late 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey, President.
The foundation is named in memory of her eight year old son, Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who died after a courageous five and a half year battle with Wilms Tumor, a pediatric cancer.
Prior to his death on January 9, 1993, Bear and his mother discussed and planned the formation of BNPCFI. During his long stay in the hospital, Bear expressed more concern for other pediatric cancer patients than he did for himself. He and his mother learned of the many hidden needs of both patient and family members.
Simple things like having games to play with would go a long way to lightening the heavy burden the children face. Likewise, support for basic family needs such as transportation and parking on the many visits to the hospital remove undue stresses on an already overwhelming situation.
SMALL MIRACLES PROGRAM
The goal of the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s Small Miracle Program is to support pediatric cancer patients (ages 0-19) and their families as they face the many physical, psychological, and financial challenges that accompany the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer. The program is only for residents of Illinois OR patients who are being treated at an Illinois facility. (If you would like to refer a child who meets these guidelines please email email@example.com) Currently, other regional areas are being explored to expand the program’s outreach.
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