Call To Action

The Challenge:  To change the world for kids with cancer.

JOIN US in 2015 

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Running for charity is an honor. And although there are thousands of worthy causes that you can choose from, you want to choose a charity that touches you personally.  But you also want to choose a charity where you can see where your funding dollars go to make a difference or the “impact value.”

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization that not only supports pediatric cancer research, but also helps approximately 400 children, who will be diagnosed with some form of pediatric cancer in the Chicagoland area alone.  As a smaller charity, the “impact” of the Team Bear funds for each of these children who will receive a Bear Hug,  a customized experience that brightens the life of a child going through cancer is high.  These are kids who you may know personally because they’re from our very own backyards and communities, so these kids and their families are truly impacted almost immediately, when they need it most.   

Meet Team Bear Ambassador – MIA

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Mia was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November 2011. She had just turned two years old at the time. Since the tumor is in a location that renders surgery as extremely risky, her only treatment at this point was chemotherapy. Mia is now 5 years old! She’s sassy, sweet, loves to snuggle, takes dance and horse riding lessons, enjoys playing with friends and her big sister Rachel, attending school, and camp. She’s mostly been on chemotherapy since diagnosis with only two short breaks from it. Her last MRI showed that things are stable which meant that the chemotherapy is working to keep the tumor from growing!

Letter from Family:

We had the pleasure of Mia’s Bear Hug experience as our family enjoyed a magical day that included a limo ride to one of our favorite restaurants, The Palace Grill, and front row seats to see Disney on Ice! It was a day we will never forget. We got to be together as a family and just have FUN and not worry about the hospital, chemotherapy, side effects, IV’s, medical bills or anything except laughter and good times.

We are so grateful for Bear Necessities and all that are involved with the organization. The patient’s families get to experience dream events together while creating memories that last a lifetime and  they also help fund grants for researchers to help discover better treatments for cancer patients and hopefully ultimately a cure!

This means so very much to our family and others in our situation dealing with childhood cancer. And that includes all of you on Team Bear who are dedicating time to train and participate in this year’s Chicago Marathon. You have pledged time away from your families. Having committed to raise money is -helping so many kids that go thru so much. They endure things no one should have to.

So, while you are out there running on October 11th, please know how many families you are helping out. We are touched beyond words. From the bottom of all our hearts, we are thankful for Bear Necessities and each and everyone one of you on Team Bear 2015.  

Dan, Lisa, Rachel, and Mia 


TEAM BEAR benefits:

  • Team Bear unisex sleeveless tech shirt & shoulder bag
  • Personalized fundraising webpage
  • Weekly emails with training tips and updates
  • Kick-Off Party in May
  • Hospitality Room on race day near start/finish
  • A heart that will grow 2 times larger because you are helping kids with cancer

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Bank of American Chicago Marathon

  1. The Bank of American Chicago Marathon on October 11 lottery registration is opened from March 10-April 21.  Team Bear has guaranteed charity spots for people to bypass the lottery and know they are IN. The minimum fundraising amount is $1,000 and due by October 9th.  If the minimum of $1,000 is reached by September 30th, your marathon registration fee will be refunded. Go to this link to indicate you want to get a guaranteed Team Bear spot: Team Bear Guaranteed Spot
  2. The next step will be to fill out the Team Bear commitment form that will be sent to you. Once it is returned, you will be approved to officially register. Instructions on how to register and pay for the marathon entry fee will then be sent to you

These two half marathons make up the new Chicagoland Half Marathon Series – If you complete both races, you will receive a 26.2 commemorative medal. 

  1. Team Bear is a charity partner for the Michelob ULTRA Chicago Spring 13.1 & 10K on May 17 – asking runners to raise a Bear Hug which is $500.  This event is now Closed.  if you are registered for the race and would like to run forTeam Bear, please contact Susan at
  2. Team Bear is a charity partner for the Chicago Half Marathon on September 27th – asking runners to raise a Bear Hug which is $500.  To get a discount code – become a Team Bear Member and contact Susan at

For more information on Team Bear, please contact Susan at or call her at 312-214.1200 ext 23