At 75, Roger Nuhn of Glasford is a relative newlywed. When he and Bonnie married five years ago, he joined a close-knit family that all rallied around him when he started treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia in the winter of 2014. Presented with the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial, Roger decided, “What have I got to lose?” The answer: Nothing. He’s not only responding well to treatment—which he’s not sure he could have afforded on his own—but he’s also recovered the energy to do the things he loves. “I wouldn’t have been able to do anything without this treatment. Now, I feel like doing stuff again.” Continue Reading

Roger Nuhn

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!