Annual Appeal Breaks Record!

Our goal this year was to raise $90,000 so we could send 90 kids to camp in 2017. We are pleased to report that we shattered that goal and raised $106,000! We are very grateful to the Ellen Marks Cancer Foundation for providing a $25,000 match that will help us send 106 kids to camp this year! We also could not have achieved this without all of you. THANK YOU to everyone who made a donation, supported us on social media, sent the information to a family member, friend, or co-worker. We could not do this without your support.

Flight Gala Raises Record $254,000!

Nonprofit honored the Armin & Esther Hirsch Foundation and the Chicago Cubs at their biggest fundraiser of the year on November 11th

CHICAGO, IL – More than 325 guests escaped to a tropical island with no passport needed for the2016 FLIGHT Gala to benefit Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., on Friday, November 11th atthe Four Seasons Hotel-Chicago. Children’s Oncology Services hosted its 3rd annual FLIGHT gala with this culturally-themed gala representing destinations from around the world, with this lucky year as the Caribbean for their largest fundraiser this year. Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. operates One Step Programs, which give children facing cancer a chance to meet and bond with other pediatric cancer patients and survivors in a non-hospital setting. Many of these programs are provided to families at no cost. The event broke a record of raising more than$254,000. In addition, guests bid on flamingo stuffed animals representing sending a child with cancer to One Step Programs. Board member Dan Bernstein and host of CBS radio The Score’s “Boers and Bernstein”hosted the live flamingo auction and live auction to memorable trips around the world including the World Championship Chicago Cubs spring training VIP package. One Step Camp family Holly Lowrance and her daughter/camper Reilly addressed the crowd on the powerful impact of the nonprofit’s program.

Guests of FLIGHT enjoyed Caribbean inspired cuisine and dancing to music by the Becca Kaufman Orchestra. This year, Children’s Oncology Services presented two prestigious tribute awards:

The Richard Schwebel Award honored the Armin & Esther Hirsch Foundation. The foundation has supported the nonprofit since 1999 among its numerous charitable efforts. Bob Hirsch, Richard Hirsch and their families continue to show tremendous support for the children and families the nonprofit serves. Richard Hirsch accepted the award on behalf of the Hirsch family.
The Hospira Foundation Award honored the Chicago Cubs. For the past several years, the entire Chicago Cubs organization has shown tremendous support for the nonprofit’s One Step campers and their families. Chicago Cubs CFO Jon Greifenkamp accepted the award.
Northwestern Mutual was the event wine sponsor and Katten, Muchin, Rosenman, LLP co-sponsored the evening’s reception.

The FLIGHT committee included Beth Bernstein, Mary Cortopassi, Chris Cortopassi, Donna DeSimone, Nick DeSimone, Sam DeSimone, Tina DeSimone, Celeste Giannini, Danielle Goldman, Linda Graves, Barb Guzzardi, Joseph Guzzardi, Rich Guzzardi, Andrea Gyann, Jeff Infusino, Joseph Infusino, Sue Infusino, Katina Kareotes, Lauren Kunkel, Doug Prafke, Nikki Prafke & Julie Wilson.

Thank You Team One Step!

On October 9th, 100 incredible people ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to support Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. The team trained for several months to run 26.2 miles and raised over $170,000! We were so excited to see a great mix of new and returning runners including 20 One Step volunteers and many first time marathoners. It was a great day that concluded with a post race celebration at South Branch Tavern & Grille. Many thanks to our Team One Step Director, Jill Kulbok, for her outstanding leadership, the coaches and the Team One Step volunteers for their support.

Family Camp 2016 was Amazing!

We had 86 family members attend our Family Camp which was held at Conference Point Center in Williams Bay, WI. This was the largest number of family members that has attended this program! The weekend program was packed with activities for everyone to enjoy. We added some new activities this year including “Around the World in 40 hours” and “Waxed Hands”. We would like to thank Mary Ann LeBel and Jeanie Robbins, who continue to lead this program successfully every year. Thanks to all of the volunteers who supported this program and to Darryl and Lauren for their continued leadership.

Summer Camp 2016 set a record for attendance!

We were very happy to see so many campers this year and feel the happiness and energy at camp. Swimming, fishing, laughter with friends, campfires, songs and so many activities delivered tons of smiles to all of our campers during the 2 weeks of camp. We were fortunate to have had a number of donors visit camp this year and we are very grateful for their support. We had new camp leadership this year as Mark Lowry became our Summer Camp Director and Jessica Hopper took over as our Summer Camp Program Coordinator. They did a great job!! Many thanks to all of our incredible volunteers who always make camp a special place to be. Thanks as well go to Darryl Perkins, Director of Programs and Lauren Kunkel, Programs Coordinator, for continuing to do an excellent job driving all of our programs.

Campers had a wonderful time at Sibling camp 2016!

We had 47 campers attending (17 were first time attendees this year). With campfires, fishing, swimming in the lake and some amazing friendships, everyone had a great time at Sibling Camp. This year we added some new activities: the Helium trampoline park, bubble soccer and laser tag. Many thanks to MaryAnn LeBel and Michelle Cook, who continue to do a tremendous job leading this program. Thanks to all the great volunteers for their support and thanks to Darryl Perkins and Lauren Kunkel for their leadership.

2016 Brain Tumor Family Camp was an amazing success!!

The 2016 Brain Tumor Family Camp, sponsored by the Ellen Marks Cancer Foundation, was another amazing success. Our goal was to have 74 participants to grow the program from the 70 participants last year. Seven of the families that attended were first-time families to BTFC. We had a total of 81 participants (20 families) attend which is a growth of 16% from last year. Jill Kulbok and Kris Riley provided outstanding leadership. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and to Darryl Perkins and Lauren Kunkel for their continued efforts to deliver great One Step Programs.

Pierce Family Foundation Donates $20,000 to One Step

The Pierce Family Foundation presents check for $20,000 to Children’s Oncology Services, Inc.  Special thanks to The Pierce Family! The Pierce Family Foundation 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing held on August 1 at Carriage Greens Country Club raised funds to send kids to One Step Programs!

Ellen Marks Cancer Foundation who provided a $25,000 matching gift

Thanks to the wonderful support of the Ellen Marks Cancer Foundation who provided a $25,000 matching gift, the holiday appeal raised a total of $83,300!

We are happy to report that the 2015 holiday appeal campaign raised $58,300, plus an additional $25,000 matching gift pledged by Ellen Marks Cancer Foundation, for a total of $83,300.
On #GIVINGTUESDAY, we raised just over $20,000 which also was a new record! We are so grateful for everyone’s support and generosity. Special thanks go out to the 670TheScore team for their continued dedication to Children’s Oncology Services, Inc.

Our 2015 programmatic year was very successful as we served 11% more campers than in 2014.

Our mission is focused on delivering supportive and empowering experiences to children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Our goal is to continue to serve more children and families each year, and 2015 was an example of that commitment! Thank you to our entire One Step community of camper families,  volunteers, donors, Board of Directors and staff for making this a truly special year!