Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization founded in late 1992 right here in the Chicago area. The foundation is named in memory of an eight-year-old boy named 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, Kathleen A. Casey, planned the formation of Bear Necessities. It was during his long stays in the hospital that Bear often expressed more concern for other pediatric cancer patients than he did for himself and inspired a critical mission: to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it.

The Foundation has carried out its’ mission through three unique programs:

Bear Hugs: supporting the physical, psychological and financial needs of children and their families. A Bear Hug is a special, customized experience that helps a young cancer patient feel like a kid again, bringing normalcy and hope for a brighter tomorrow into his/her life.

Bear Discoveries: awarding medical research grants across the nation to junior investigative researchers committed to finding a cure.

For more information, please go to: www.bearnecessities.org