Cal’s Angels Announces Expansion to Cover Every Cancer Diagnosis and 5 Chicago Area Hospitals
South Elgin, IL – August 28, 2013 – Starting on September 1, 2014, Cal’s Angels, a South Elgin based 501(c)3 pediatric cancer foundation, will now offer assistance to all children diagnosed with any form of cancer and receiving treatment at Lurie Children’s Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn or Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge, through a $1,000 wish/experience or financial assistance.
Cal’s Angels makes this momentous announcement on the 8th anniversary of Cal Sutter’s passing from leukemia, “Today brings two ‘hard to believe’ facts in our lives,” says Tom Sutter, President of Cal’s Angels. “One carries an air of sadness while the other brings hope, joy and a sense of accomplishment. It was eight years ago today we lost our oldest child, Cal, to leukemia at the age of 13. Today, and everyday has an emptiness that only those who have gone through what we did know the deep down reality of what this does to you as a person and as a family. It is because of our experiences in the pediatric cancer world that we have also devoted a large portion of our lives to making the same situation that plays out for way too many others a little easier to deal with through Cal’s Angels – the organization we created in memory of our son a little over seven years ago in our living room.”
When Cal’s Angels was founded in 2007, their efforts centered around Children’s Memorial Hospital, funding wishes for kids battling leukemia and assisting their families financially with medical bills, car payments, utility bills, clothing, food, etc. As their donor base grew and fundraising increased, Cal’s Angels was able to assist additional cancer diagnoses and hospitals, but their main goal has always been to help every child with any cancer diagnosis. “Children’s cancer does not discriminate” says Ken Buckman, Cal’s Angels Executive Board Member and CEO of Tradetec Skyline, “no matter your geography, income or health level, it could happen to any family at any time. Today’s announcement gives joy that Cal’s Angels mission is greatly expanding it’s Chicagoland reach.”
Brian Pascoe, Cal’s Angels Executive Board Member and President of Verizon Wireless Midwest is excited about Cal’s Angels expansion to help more children, “This most recent decision to extend our reach to more patients and families is the single most important move we have made as an organization. The only reason we are in a position to make this strategic move is based on great leadership within Cal’s Angels and the amazing people that support us not only through financial donations, but the giving of their personal time and efforts as well. It is our goal to make sure every dollar we raise is helping children with cancer and supporting their families. This recent change validates that goal.”
Everyone at Cal’s Angels knows that this expansion would not be possible without the support from their donors, sponsors, volunteers, employees, board members, family, friends and supporters. Tom Sutter says, “From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for making the Cal’s Angels experience a reality for so many families we have been unable to assist up until now! Let’s keep up the good fight and as long as a cure for cancer is still around the corner, Cal’s Angels will be here to make the fight a little easier to deal with and the dark days these kids face a little brighter.”
To learn more about Cal’s Angels, donate or to get involved, visit calsangels.org. You can also join them on September 13th at their 7th annual CARA certified 5K Run, 2 Mile Walk & Kids’ Fun Run in South Elgin, learn more at calsangels.org/5k-run.