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Make-A-Wish Illinois is proud to be a founding member of the Pieces of the Puzzle CollaborativeSM, an alliance of various non-profit organizations partnering together to minimize or eliminate obstacles to service and to facilitate increased access to quality psycho-social, supportive care for all children with life-threatening medical conditions, as well as for their parents/guardians and siblings.

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
http://www.cancer.org/
312.960.2306

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
http://www.bearnecessities.org/
312.214.1200, x25

Cancer Support Center
http://www.cancersupportcenter.org/
708.798.9171, x204

Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation
http://www.cncfhope.org/
866.671.2623

Children's Oncology Services, Inc.
http://www.onestepcamp.org/
312.235.6838

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Greater Illinois
http://www.cff.org/
312.236.4491, x14

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Greater Illinois-- Peoria
http://www.cff.org/
309.682.9240

Cystic Fibrosis Institute
http://www.cysticfibrosisinstitute.org/
847.998.3434

Gilda's Club-- Chicago
A community where men, women and children who are living with cancer and their families can find support and resources.
http://www.gildasclubchicago.org/
312.464-9900, x14

Gilda's Club-- Quad Cities
http://www.gildasclubqc.org/
563.326.7504

Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition
http://www.gippcc.org/
312.733.8900 x393

Imerman Angels
Providing personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.
http://www.imermanangels.org/
(312) 274-5529, x1303

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-- Illinois Chapter
http://www.lls.org/il
312.568.7728

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
http://www.livingwellcrc.org/
630.262.1111

Muscular Dystrophy Association-- Chicago
http://www.mdausa.org/
312.254.0632

Normal Moments
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.
http://www.normalmoments.org/
630.888.8111

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.
http://www.rmhcspringfield.org/
217.528.3314

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & NW Indiana
http://www.rmhccni.org/
708.423.5285

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.
http://www.starlight-midwest.org/
312.251.7827, x12

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.
http://www.12oaksfoundation.org/
847.508.1168

Wellness House
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.
http://www.wellnesshouse.org/
630.654.5107


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