We are making an impact in the lives of cancer patients in our community while paving the way to a cure. The Illinois CancerCare Foundation is committed to funding research, education and patient services of a disease that affects 1 in 3 people.
It is our strong belief that our patients must have available to them every possible weapon in their battle.
New Treatment Trials
People facing cancer are living longer, healthier lives as a direct result of clinical trials conducted in central and western Illinois. Illinois CancerCare’s Heartland NCORP (NCI Community Oncology Research Program) is one of the nation’s top enrollers in treatment and cancer control trials that seek to prevent cancer or control incidence rates. These advanced treatment options allow patients to remain in central and western Illinois for the best care possible, where they can be surrounded by family and friends. Illinois CancerCare Foundation supports clinical trial research, bringing over 100 clinical trials at any given time to local cancer patients.
Education and Advocacy
The Foundation understands the best care we can provide is through prevention. Community outreach and events educate on steps to stay healthy and share the importance of clinical research with the hope of reducing barriers to trial participation that will lead to a cure.
The volunteer program with over 100 volunteers provides a special touch by lending a helping hand and items of comfort to patients and their families.
The Foundation’s Trust in Hope program provides compassion and support to patients and families during the holidays. In the last 12 years over 2,984 Thanksgiving meals have been delivered and 263 families with 481 children have received holiday gifts.
Foundation grants provide transportation assistance, social services, assessment tools and lymphedema support, along with therapies that help patients cope with the side effects of treatment.
For those with a family history of cancer, genetic testing can provide peace of mind ruling out a genetic link or it can allow those who are predisposed to take action. While many insurance plans cover the cost of testing, Foundation dollars help fill the gap when patients need support or testing is not covered. Recently, the Foundation launched a Community Pancreatic Cancer Genetic Testing program at no charge to first and second relatives of individuals diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The Foundation supports studies that offer targeted oral therapies to patients whose tumors have “driver mutations” found through molecular sequencing. These studies provide personalized treatments for each person’s type of cancer.
How to Help
You can support the Illinois CancerCare Foundation with a financial gift or sponsorship, an in-kind donation, or by volunteering your time.
Visit us online or contact our Foundation office at (309) 243-3437 or Info@IllinoisCancerCareFoundation.org.
Tonda Thompson, Executive Director
Cathy Duffy, Foundation Accountant
Tori Worsfold, Foundation Coordinator
Leslie Schenkel, Foundation Assistant