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“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

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

Illinois CancerCare physicians and staff understand the demands that treatment can place on our patients and their families. We recognize that this could be especially true during the holidays.

In effort to engage in our mission of providing comprehensive, compassionate care, Illinois CancerCare Foundation’s 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 amazing volunteers.

Over the last 11 years, a total of 2,604 Thanksgiving meals have been delivered and 233 families with 423 children have received holiday gifts. In 2019 alone, Trust in Hope provided 264 Thanksgiving meals and holiday gifts for 53 children, all hand delivered by almost 40 volunteers.

Through this program, Illinois CancerCare Foundation is able to provide even more compassion, support and HOPE to our patients over the holidays.

Thank you to all our staff and donors who make this program possible!