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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 you consider all the things you’d like to pass on to your children, cancer certainly doesn’t make the list. But given her family’s history, Ann Best knew it was a possibility. After much deliberation, Ann underwent genetic testing and many family members followed. Knowing the important role the Foundation plays in helping promote and advance testing locally; Ann remains a vocal advocate, serving as a volunteer, donor and board member. “For my kids, I want to see really good research continue right here. The Foundation helps keep Illinois CancerCare on the cutting edge of treatments and therapies.” Continue Reading

Ann Best

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!