"BEAR NECESSITIES IS HELPING KIDS REDISCOVER THEIR CHILDHOOD WHILE WE DISCOVER A CURE FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER."
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization founded in 1992 and has been helping kids rediscover their childhood while finding a cure. Bear Necessities' mission is "To eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it."
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in late 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey, CEO/President. The foundation is named in memory of her eight-year-old son, Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who died after a courageous five and a half year battle with Wilms Tumor, a pediatric cancer.
Prior to his death on January 9, 1993, Bear and his mother discussed and planned the formation of Bear Necessities. During his long stay in the hospital, Bear expressed more concern for other pediatric cancer patients than he did for himself. He and his mother learned of the many hidden needs of both patient, family members, and the needs of the hospital facilities as well.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation operates two unique programs, "Bear Hugs" and "Bear Discoveries." While the Foundation is funding cutting-edge research to end pediatric cancer, it’s also providing for the immediate needs of the children and families battling the disease.
Natural Me Beauty™ is proud to partner with Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. As a result of our partnership, we're donating a portion of every sale to this wonderful organization and playing our role to support children and fund research to discover cures for pediatric children's cancer.
Each year, medical research grants are awarded nationwide primarily to junior investigative researchers who make meaningful advancements and discoveries toward finding a cure and therapies for various types of pediatric cancer. Without the support of Bear Necessities, these cutting edge researchers stand little of chance of receiving funding, thus minimizing the chance for a break-through. In Juse of 2016, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation funded more than $260,000 in pediatric cancer research grants.
The Bear Hugs Program supports cancer patients (ages 0 - 19), as well as their immediate families, that face the many challenges that accompany the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer. Their outreach serves both in state and out of state children that are being treated at one of 16 major Chicago and Midwest area hospitals with pediatric oncology departments. In their last fiscal year, Bear Necessities was able to provide over 360 Bear Hugs. The Bear Hugs Program also provides immediate family support for financial burden and essential needs.
A Bear Hug is a customized experience that brightens the life of a child going through cancer. Every Bear Hug is different because every child is different. We work with the child and their family to design a Bear Hug that meets their unique needs and interests.
Natural Me Beauty™ is proud to partner with Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. As a result of our partnership, we are donating a portion of every sale to this wonderful organization and playing our role in helping fund research to discover cures for pediatric children's cancer.
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