While not every child will qualify for services from every organization, there are many resources available to families with children who have life-threatening medical conditions.
American Cancer Society
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
Cancer Support Center
Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation
Children's Oncology Services, Inc.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Greater Illinois
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Greater Illinois-- Peoria
Cystic Fibrosis Institute
Gilda's Club-- Chicago
A community where men, women and children who are living with cancer and their families can find support and resources.
Gilda's Club-- Quad Cities
Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition
Providing personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.
(312) 274-5529, x1303
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-- Illinois Chapter
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Muscular Dystrophy Association-- Chicago
Devoted to supporting parents with critically ill children in the home, in the hospital, and via web resources so that they can spend as much time as possible sharing the most normal moments possible with their children. Normal Moments helps alleviate the home stresses while parents sit with their hospital-bound child.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of of Central Illinois
Providing a temporary "home away from home" for families whose child is receiving treatment for a serious illness at a medical facility in the Springfield area in an effort to reduce stress, keep the family intact, and enhance the quality of life for families.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & NW Indiana
Starlight Children's Foundation-- Midwest
Helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.
Twelve Oaks Foundation
Providing a resource that will help defray the cost of sports and community programs for children of families suffering financial hardship, with a focus on families struggling with the burdens associated in fighting cancer. Working with local organizations, the 12 Oaks Foundation will provide grants to families in need so their kids won't have to miss some of the best parts of childhood.
Offering psychosocial support and information as a complement to medical treatment to improve the quality of life and to provide comfort and community so those affected by cancer feel less alone and more empowered.