Julia Schatz, Senior Account Executive

Did you know less than 4% of money raised for cancer research goes to Pediatric research?  September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and today, September 13, is Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day in Chicago and across Illinois! In honor of today we wanted to help share awareness about a cause very close to Culloton Strategies’ heart.

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a Chicago-based national organization dedicated to eliminating pediatric cancer and to providing hope and support to those who are touched by it. 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 and family members. Simple things like having games to play with would go a long way to lightening the heavy burden the children face. Likewise, support for basic family needs such as transportation and parking on the many visits to the hospital remove undue stresses on an already overwhelming situation.

Bear Necessities is a cause we at Culloton Strategies are passionate about. Dennis Culloton is on the Board of Directors, I recently joined Bear Necessities Auxiliary Board and the rest of our staff contributes to BN throughout the year in various ways. You can help us support our team and this very important cause in the following ways:

Support our CEO & President who is running the Chicago Marathon for Team Bear on October 13, 2013. Donate to Team Bear here

Support my Bear Necessities Auxiliary Board fundraising goal by donating here

Like them on Facebook  *Show your support by changing your profile picture for the month of September to raise awareness about childhood cancer and Bear Necessities!

Follow them on Twitter  *Use the hashtag #childhoodcancer

For more information on how to get involved visit www.bearnecessities.org

You can also check out www.viacord.com For nearly 20 years, ViaCord has been involved in cutting edge research to find new stem cell therapies for diseases like cancer, juvenile diabetes, and heart disease. Their mission is to provide the highest quality stem cell preservation service and care to their patients, families, and their physicians.

Thanks for supporting such a great cause! Happy Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day!