Childhood Cancer Family Support

Why we do what we do

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From the overwhelming shock at the moment of the first diagnosis, to the long-haul maintenance of the after effects of harsh treatment drugs, battling Childhood Cancer is a seemingly impossible journey. That journey is made a little easier when you travel it with people who understand. The only people who can truly understand, are families who have been in your shoes and have, "Fought The Monster".

Our mission is to provide support for local Pediatric Oncology families and survivors in the way that is best for them. That can be anything from gas cards to get to treatment, car repairs to help with the travel. You name it, we have probably done it.


For more information about support, or how you can get involved, please email us at strikeoutchildhoodcancer.org@gmail.com or call us at 815-329-2246.

Financial Support

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Most people aren't aware of the fact that our families whose children are diagnosed with cancer have to travel outside of our community for treatment? This creates a host of challenges that go beyond treatment and hospital bills.

  • Who pays for the gas to travel back and forth to Chicago or Madison for 6 months to a year?
  • How do you afford oil changes, parking, tolls and auto repairs that come with driving crazy miles?
  • What happens when medication and treatment expenses overwhelm you as you are trying to make ends meet?

That's where we come in!  Thanks to the supportive state-line community, we are able to help with gas cards, vehicle repairs, you name it. When you are sitting at the kitchen table with your head in your hands saying, "How in the world are we going to be able to...", give us a call at (815)329-2246 or email us at strikeoutchildhoodcancer.org@gmail.com. We are here to help!

#Teammate Events

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 We call the kids we support "#Teammates". Each quarter we get the gang together at a local business and just have fun! All local childhood cancer patients/survivors and their siblings are invited. We have done everything from decorating giant cookies at Wired Cafe, Board & Brush projects at Maximum Art Studio, cooking "Lucha Tots", salsa and guacamole at Lucha Cantina, and our Go Gold Fun Fair with games prizes and the Fire-Truck Pull!

Keep your eyes peeled to our calendar page where we announce our events! 

If you know of a business who would like to give back by hosting a #Teammate Event, let us know!

Moms and Dads

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 Childhood Cancer doesn't just affect the kids, it effects everyone in the family. We don't forget the Moms and Dads. This year we will be launching our first events that are just for the Moms and just for the Dads. In the words of one of our Veteran Dads, 'If you don't take care of yourself, you won't be any good for anyone." We can help with that!

We have a group of Moms working on a "Spoil The Mom" day, complete with daycare. 

For the Dads, there will be a one day workshop equipping us to "Win The War, Not Just The Battle".