“My breast cancer diagnosis opened my eyes to the fact that we could be doing more to treat cancer patients holistically. Therapists have a role to play in helping them get the rest of their lives back.” Sue Paul went on to launch a research project in 2015 focused on balance, funded by a Foundation grant. Still ongoing, the study explores where and why balance issues occur, as well as how and when to target treatment. “The Foundation is ahead of the curve in funding projects like this. They care about quality of life issues, and they’re willing to reach out and grab the expertise of others in our community.” Continue Reading

Sue Paul

I flew 100 missions over Guantanamo and completed two tours in Vietnam. This is my second tour with cancer.I know how to fight. My family at Illinois CancerCare fights right alongside me. Continue Reading

Millard Diseker

Ways to Give

Your Time
Volunteers play an important role in helping us advance our mission. To volunteer, please click here and fill out the form indicating your interest to volunteer in the subject line.
In-Kind Donations
In-kind donations of products or services are perfect for auction and raffle items for events and help us to raise funds for our patient programs and initiatives.  For more information or to make an in-kind gift, please call the Foundation at 309-243-3437 or email us at
Tribute / Memorial Gifts
Honor someone special, a special occasion, or the memory of a loved one with a gift to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation. A tribute, memorial or honorarium gift celebrates the life of your loved one while providing hope to others and touching the lives of our patients and families during such a difficult time. The individual being recognized, or their closest family member, will be sent an acknowledgement card or letter letting them know of your gift.
Matching Gifts

Many employees have the option of increasing their gift to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation through their company’s matching gift program. Before making a gift to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation, please check with your employer about matching gift opportunities available to you. Many employers will match their employee’s and/or retirees’ gifts to non-profit organizations – allowing your gift to go twice as far.

Most Human Resources departments maintain information about such programs as well as the appropriate forms needed for the matching gift. Central Illinois companies who offer matching programs include:

  • PNC Bank
  • RLI Corp.
  • Verizon Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase

If your employer has a matching gift program and is not listed above, please let us know by calling 309-243-3437 or email us at

Events and Event Sponsorship

The Illinois CancerCare Foundation is committed to patients and their families from throughout central Illinois, which is why all funds raised are used to support patients regardless of which Illinois CancerCare Clinic they are being treated at. We are committed to creating and maintaining a strong relationship with individuals and businesses in our community through events and partnerships. Events hosted by or supporting the Illinois CancerCare Foundation provide support to local cancer patients and their families and the community through educational programs and research initiatives.

For interested businesses and individuals, here are some ways you can support the Illinois CancerCare Foundation:

  • Create and sponsor a fundraising event to benefit the Illinois CancerCare Foundation
  • Become a sponsor for an existing or new event
  • Provide volunteers at an Illinois CancerCare Foundation sponsored event or a third-party event

Please click here to review the Foundation’s Third Party fundraising policy and Application Form.

Annual Giving Program
The Illinois CancerCare Foundation’s Annual Giving program was created to provide a solid and reliable financial base of support from our many friends to fulfill our mission of support to cancer patients and their families. Annual giving enhances services for our cancer patients and ensures that those services will be available to support the growing number of patients in years to come.   Any tax-deductible gift received through charitable event attendance, mail appeals, memorial or honoraria gifts, or outright donations are credited toward the Foundation’s Annual Giving program.

Annual Giving Level Giving Category
Under $250 Determination
$250-$999 Courage
$1,000-$2,499 Strength
$2,500-$4,999 Healing
$5,000-$9,999 Resilience
$10,000 and above Discovery

For more information about the Foundation’s Annual Giving program, please call 309-243-3437 or email us at