Supporting Cancer Patients and Their Families

The Foundation makes a donation to Children's Memorial Hospital

The Christopher Steele Foundation was proud to make a $2,000 donation to Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL to help them set up and outfit the room being created for teenage patients. This is a project initiated by a family of a Stevenson hockey player being treated at Children's Memorial Hospital. They are working with Dr. Jennifer Reicheck to set up both the room and programs that will be outfitted with computers, games and other activities as well as programs to help the patients. While the main focus of our Foundation is to support cancer research, specifically the work of Dr. Mark Agulnik at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (where Chris was treated), another goal is to support cancer patients and their families. We are proud to help them create this room and know that their efforts will truly help cancer patients and their families during this difficult time of their lives.

Click here to read more about the room and program being created at Children's Memorial Hospital.

The Foundation Supports:

Jill's House

The Foundation knows how difficult it can be for both cancer patients and their families and wants to provide support when possible. In early 2008, the Foundation made a donation to Jill's house which will provide low or no-cost housing to patients being treated at the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (MPRI) in Bloomington, IN. Chris received radiation treatment at MPRI and the entranceway to Jill's House will now contain a plaque in his memory.

Click here to read more about Jill's House and the Foundation's donation.

Bear Necessities

This 501(c)(3) organization was 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.

• A Bear Hug is a customized experience that brightens the life of a child going through cancer. Every Bear Hug is different because every child is different. They work with the child and their family to design a Bear Hug that meets their unique needs and interests.

• Each year, medical research grants are awarded nationwide primarily to junior investigative researchers who make meaningful advancements and discoveries toward finding a cure and therapies for various types of pediatric cancer. Without the support of Bear Necessities, these cutting edge researchers stand little of chance of receiving funding, thus minimizing the chance for a break-through.

Ronald McDonald House

Helping a sick child fight their illness takes a big enough emotional toll on a family. Adding a financial strain can make it all almost too much to bear. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) can help address those problems, whether they involve housing that's near a hospitalized child, the expense of staying together in another city, or even getting basic medical care in a vulnerable community.

The five Ronald McDonald Houses in the Chicagoland area provide a supportive 'home away from home' for families while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital. Offering comfortable, private rooms where families can get a good night's rest knowing their child is close by, our Houses give families the opportunity to connect with others going through similar experiences. During their stay, parents can exchange stories over a cup of coffee in the kitchen while siblings bond with new friends in the play room.

Volunteers arrive daily, offering their welcoming smiles and helpful hands where they'll tidy things up and provide home-cooked meals. Laundry and computer facilities provide accessibility and convenience. The folks who work at the House are always there, providing care and comfort to families during their greatest time of need.