Norman Todd is hoping to play a role in helping future patients discover his same quality of life by taking part in a Foundation-funded clinical trial. “I appreciate all that the people who went before me did to help develop new treatments, and I want to do what I can to help someone else in the future.” Continue Reading

Norman Todd

When Calvin Pettitt found himself out of breath after climbing the stairs, he bought some workout clothes and shoes, and then started walking. The weight started dropping fast—too fast. It was kidney cancer. “My grandfather and my mom both died of cancer. I thought it was a death sentence.” With God, his extended family and the team at Illinois CancerCare by his side, Calvin proved it’s not. He had his kidney removed, joined a clinical trial and now feels good enough to start taking laps around the track once more. Continue Reading

Calvin Pettitt

Trust in Hope

Cancer treatment places big demands on many patients, and that can make getting through the holidays an especially challenging time.

Funded by contributions to the Foundation, and made possible by hard-working volunteers, the Trust in Hope program provides Thanksgiving meals and holidays gifts for eligible patients and their families! Meals and gifts, along with wrapping supplies and a smile, are delivered straight to patient doors by our wonderful volunteers.

622 thanksgiving meals were delivered to 67 families
52 families were provided holiday gifts for 94 children

Through this program, Illinois CancerCare Foundation is able to provide even more compassion, support and HOPE to our patients over the holidays. Over the last 14 years, a total of 4,131 Thanksgiving meals have been delivered and 357 families with 644 children have received holiday gifts!