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.
With over 100 different clinical trials, Illinois CancerCare regularly enrolls more patients and outperforms larger, nationally known institutions when it comes to clinical trials. Our Foundation, in collaboration with Illinois CancerCare and leading research institutions, helps increase patient enrollment in the latest nationally-renowned clinical cancer research trials right here in our community. These advanced treatment options allow our patients to get the best care possible and remain close to home—where they can be surrounded by family and friends.
The Illinois CancerCare Foundation is a charitable organization like no other in our community. We are proud to be a strong advocate for people facing cancer and are committed to helping ensure that anyone who faces cancer, regardless of their socioeconomic status, has access to Foundation-supported research, education and awareness, and patient support programs.
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
Community outreach plays an important role in bringing us closer to cures. Charitable gifts to the Foundation support educational events and training for volunteer advocates, equipping them with the tools they need to share the importance of clinical research with the goal of reducing barriers to trial participation.
Illinois CancerCare’s volunteer program, with over 100 volunteers, provides a special touch to patients and families. Supported by gifts to the Foundation’s Volunteer Fund, volunteers lend a helping hand and items of comfort for cancer patients during their visit. Foundation grants also provide transportation assistance and lymphedema support to qualified patients. The Foundation’s beloved Trust in Hope program provides compassion and support to cancer patients and their families during the holidays. In the last eleven years, 2,604 Thanksgiving meals have been delivered and 233 families with 423 children have received holiday gifts. Through this heartfelt program, we are able to provide even more compassion, support and hope to our patients over the holiday season.
The Foundation supports genetic screening programs to identify hereditary cancers, with special emphasis on central and western Illinois families at risk for hereditary colorectal, pancreatic and breast cancers. Additionally, we support studies that offer targeted oral therapies to patients whose tumors have “driver mutations” found in molecular sequencing.
Thanks to generous contributors to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation, eligible patients can receive financial assistance for their tumor sequencing when needed. These programs empower families to understand their risks, provide relief from uncertainty, and make informed decisions about their health care.
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 us online or contact our 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
Tori Worsfold, Program & Development Manager
Cathy Duffy, Foundation Accountant
Leslie Schenkel, Foundation Assistant