The Illinois CancerCare Foundation is committed to funding research, education and awareness of a disease which affects one in three people. As we fight to find cures through nationally-recognized research initiatives, it is our strong belief that our patients must have available to them every possible weapon in their battle.
The physicians and staff at Illinois CancerCare are relentless in working to find better treatments, therapies, and ultimately, cures for many forms of cancer. The clinical research trial participation conducted through Illinois CancerCare ranks in the top 10 in the nation. In addition to supporting research, the Foundation funds patient support and assistance programs along with community education and awareness.
The Illinois CancerCare Foundation is a charitable organization like no other in our community. While 100 percent of the funds granted are used in our region to support cancer research, education and patient support, the impact of our services resounds globally.
New Treatment Trials
Our Foundation, in collaboration with Illinois CancerCare, helps bring the latest nationally-renowned clinical cancer research trials right here to our community—giving cancer patients and their families greater access to advanced treatment options and greater HOPE close to home.
Education and Advocacy
Gifts to the Foundation bring us closer to eliminating cancer through support of educational events and training for volunteer advocates. The Foundation understands that the best care we can provide is through prevention. We partner with community experts to educate our community on steps to stay healthy.
Illinois CancerCare physicians and staff understand the demands that treatment can place on patients and their families. Foundation grants provide transportation assistance, assessment tools, lymphedema support and other therapies that help patients deal with the side effects of cancer treatment. The Foundation’s Trust In Hope program provides Thanksgiving meals and holiday gift donations to eligible patients and their families.
The Foundation is making a difference with one of the most challenging cancers through the Community Pancreatic Screening Program. This program provides genetic testing at no charge to first- and second-generation relatives of individuals diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The Foundation continues to fund the screening program for pancreatic patients to look at genetic mutations that may help identify family members at high risk for developing pancreatic cancer. For this type of cancer, early detection can save lives. Knowing a genetic predisposition is present can lead to additional surveillance to catch cancer early.
The Foundation also supports other genetic screening programs to identify hereditary cancer, with emphasis on families at risk for colorectal and breast cancer. Additionally, we support studies that offer targeted therapies to patients whose tumors have “driver mutations” found through genetic molecular sequencing. Together, these programs empower families to understand their risks, provide relief from uncertainty, and make informed decisions about their healthcare.
How to Help
You can support the Illinois CancerCare Foundation with a financial gift of a donation or sponsorship, an in-kind donation, or by volunteering your time. Visit our website at IllinoisCancerCareFoundation.org, or contact the Foundation office at info@IllinoisCancerCareFoundation.org or (309) 243-3437.
Illinois CancerCare Foundation
8940 N. Wood Sage Road
Peoria, IL 61615
Tonda Thompson, Executive Director
Rebecca Bonfoey, Foundation Accountant
Leslie Schenkel, Foundation Assistant