Skip to main content

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.


Click on a team below to make a donation.

Recent donors

Recent donors
Date Name Amount
Sep 14 Indira Zamor Sending love from the bay area Undisclosed amount
Sep 11 Mariah Beane So excited to walk for our Bear Cub Simon this year!! $27.48
Sep 11 Mary Beth Zolli Very happy to help. Undisclosed amount
Sep 11 Anonymous $54.10
Sep 11 $25 $25.00
Sep 11 Beth Carona $27.48
Sep 11 Ryan Lieberman Undisclosed amount