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Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Raise money for Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

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.

Today, Bear Necessities 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.


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Recent donors

Recent donors
Date Name Amount
Nov 08 Eimerman Family $500.00
Nov 06 Lank $267.10
Nov 06 Scott and Beth Carr $267.10
Nov 06 Ryan and Jen Kramer $100.00
Nov 06 matching gift for Frank Ribaudo $250.00
Nov 06 TG missed commitments $250.00
Nov 06 NM Chicagoland Finance and Operations Team $267.10
Nov 05 Northwestern Mutual - Northern Ohio $107.35
Nov 05 matching gift for Lisa Trychta $25.00
Nov 05 matching gift for Kelly Brackin $25.00