Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization whose mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in late 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey, CEO/President. The foundation is named in memory of her eight-year-old son, 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 discussed and planned the formation of Bear Necessities. During his long stay in the hospital, Bear expressed more concern for other pediatric cancer patients than he did for himself. He and his mother learned of the many hidden needs of both patient and family members. Simple things like having games to play with would go a long way to lightening the heavy burden the children face. Likewise, support for basic family needs such as transportation and parking on the many visits to the hospital remove undue stresses on an already overwhelming situation.
- Bear Hugs Program
A Bear Hug is a customized experience that brightens the life of a child going through cancer and provides immediate family support for financial burden and essential needs.
- Bear Discoveries
Medical research grants awarded nationwide primarily to junior investigative researchers who are making meaningful advancements towards a cure and therapies for pediatric cancers.
- Bear Empowerment
Support service grants awarded across the nation to pediatric oncology facilities and organizations for programs that directly impact patients, their families and hospital facilities.