For Cancer Patients, Survivors and Caregivers

Wellness and Education

In addition to the classes and private sessions I proudly teach to those who have been touched by this life changing disease the below groups and services organizations also offer information, comfort and hope.

Cancer Wellness Center

In order to address both the physical and emotional components of distress, the Cancer Wellness Center provides evidence-based programs and services designed to educate participants, develop their coping strategies, and strengthen their support network. Click here for more information.

Service Organizations

Cal’s Angels

In June of 2005, our lives were changed forever when our oldest child, Cal Sutter, a 12-year old South Elgin Little League All-Star, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. The battle with pediatric cancer is a horrible nightmare no child or family should ever have to experience.

Yet, like most children, Cal never gave up hope and through it all, he was always more concerned about the well-being of the other children fighting cancer than he was about himself.

Even though Cal ultimately lost his battle with leukemia in August of 2006, the courage he displayed throughout his treatment inspired the start of Cal’s All-Star Angel Foundation, Inc.(Cal’s Angels) – a 501(c)(3) pediatric cancer foundation with a mission of granting wishes, raising awareness and funding research to help kids fighting cancer.

  • We have raised over $7.5 million since our founding in April of 2007 because of generous donors.
  • Supporters enabling us to bring unbelievable amounts of hope and support to thousands of pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Bear Necessities

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 here for more information.


A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness.

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved- wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy. Click here for more information.


From the launch of the very first CaringBridge site, we’ve been working toward a single vision: a world where no one goes through a health journey aloneIn order to turn this vision into reality, we’ve made it our mission to build bridges of care and communication providing love and support on a health journey by providing secure, private and ad free ways to share your journey with friends and family. Click here for more information.

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