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ILLINOIS CANCERCARE FOUNDATION?

Our foundation, in collaboration with Illinois CancerCare, helps bring the latest nationally renowned clinical cancer research trials right here to our community – giving cancer patients and their families greater access to advanced treatment options and greater HOPE close to home!

Generous gifts to the Foundation make it possible
to keep hope alive for central Illinois families coping with a cancer diagnosis.

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HOW YOUR DONATION HELPS

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Provides 2 Thanksgiving meals for a financially disadvantaged patient and their family
Provides a Gas Gift Card to a financially disadvantaged patient
to ensure they can get to and from their treatments and appointments
Covers the cost of treatment and compression garments to
reduce and manage lymphedema acquired from cancer treatment
Covers the cost for 2 patients to participate in a study to help determine barriers to clinical trial enrollment
Supports resources needed to identify community members at risk through a
survey assessment to determine possible genetic predispositions
Funds the opportunity for one newly diagnosed pancreatic cancer patient to
receive genetic testing and counseling support if needed
Provides a CT scan for a patient experiencing financial difficulty
Provides genetic testing for one financially disadvantaged patient
suspected of having a hereditary form of cancer
Covers the cost of a professional and community based program to educate
about the importance of prevention and early detection
Provides the entire cost for one patient with triple negative breast cancer
or metastatic prostate cancer to participate in a clinical trial
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STORIES AND VICTORIES

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

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