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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

Patient Care & Assistance

Patient Care and Assistance comes in many forms through the Foundation:

support1Volunteer Services – Supported by gifts to the Foundation, over 100 volunteers lend a helping hand and items of comfort to patients and their families.

Trust in Hope – The Foundation’s Trust in Hope program provides compassion and support to cancer patients and their families during the holidays. In the last eight years alone, nearly 1,500 Thanksgiving meals have been delivered and over 100 families with over 250 children have received holiday gifts.

Lymphedema Support – Through a grant partnership with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehab Services, we help the under-insured and those without insurance acquire the supplies they need to manage their lymphedema.

Transportation Assistance – The Foundation has grants in place to help financial disadvantaged patients get to and from their clinic appointments through distribution of fuel cards.