Bear Cubs

Our Bear Cubs Program pairs members of our Young Professionals Board (YPB) with some of our Bear Hug recipients. YPB members connect with their Bear Cub to provide them with encouraging letters, phone calls, and other small surprises throughout the year to cheer them on during their fight against pediatric cancer. YPB members, along with Bear Cubs and their families, participate in several in-person and virtual activities throughout the year, such as a Lincoln Park Zoo tour and a virtual cooking class.

Interested in having your child become a Bear Cub? Contact [email protected] or 312-214-1200 x25.

Virtual Programming

Now more than ever, pediatric cancer patients can feel isolated. Our virtual events provide a free opportunity for Bear Hug recipients to come together to make connections with children going through a similar experience…and do something fun!  Virtual activities include yoga, crafts, bingo, scavenger hunts, dance parties, raffles and more!  We hope that our virtual events provide joy to each child and positively impact their well-being. To learn more, please contact or 312-214-1200 x25. 

Out and about

Our families love getting to experience a variety of activities throughout Chicagoland.  Whether it is a sporting event, theater performance, family entertainment, or museum visit, Bear Necessities families enjoy being able to create positive memories together and forget about their cancer diagnosis for a few hours.  In addition to individual donors, we partner with local teams and entertainment venues who generously donate tickets and experiences for our Bear Hug children and their families.  

If you have tickets to a concert, game, performance, or event you would like to donate to our Bear Necessities families, please contact [email protected] or 312-214-1200 x25.

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Chicago Headquarters

55 West Wacker Dr, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 214-1200