BENEFITING: Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
ORGANIZER: Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
I recently competed in a triathlon for which the proceeds went to the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. After reading more about this wonderful organization, I have decided to join the Foundation's Team Bear, The Challenge.
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 mission is carried out through three unique programs which include the Bear Hugs Program, Bear Discoveries and Bear Empowerment.
While I have been running for some time, I will now be training and racing on behalf of Team Bear to raise money to support the children and families affected by pediatric cancer and to support junior investigative researchers committed to finding a cure. Races on my Fall 2013 docket include: the Naperville Trails Half Marathon (09/15), the Morton Arboretum Fall Color 5k (10/06), the Frank Lloyd Wright 10k (10/20), and the Hot Cider Hustle 8 mile (11/02).
"The Challenge: to change the world for kids with cancer"...one mile at a time.
Thank you all so much for your love and support!