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Bear Necessities Organization Sponsors Three-Mile Walk Fundraiser

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Yates Hair Science Group specializes in surgical and non-surgical hair restoration services. Dedicated to giving back, particularly to its community, Yates Hair Science Group supports numerous local charitable organizations, one of which is Bear Necessities.

Founded in 1992 in Chicago, Bear Necessities is a nonprofit organization dedicated to pediatric cancer research and support. The organization is named after president and chief executive officer Kathleen A. Casey’s eight-year-old son, Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who died after fighting cancer for 5 and a half years. Prior to his passing, Bear expressed concern for pediatric cancer patients and their needs who are in the hospital.

Since the organization relies heavily on donations, it sponsors several fundraising events throughout the year. One event, A Walk for the Bear, took place in October of 2016 at Montrose Harbor. Families brought strollers and their leashed dogs to walk the three miles along the shores of Lake Michigan. More than 550 families took part in the walk. The first time the organization hosted A Walk for the Bear was in 2014, and the event raised $34,000. The following year it more than doubled that amount, generating $85,000.

The Bear Hug Program of Bear Necessities

Posted on: January 2nd, 2017 by Dr Yates

Formerly located in the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills, the Yates Hair Science Group currently operates out of a new, state-of-the-art facility on North Stetson Avenue just a few blocks north of Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. The dedicated support that the Yates Hair Science Group provides its hair restoration clients is further reflected in the organization’s various charity and community outreach efforts; one of its ongoing philanthropic partnerships is with Bear Necessities.

A national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Bear Necessities is dedicated to eliminating pediatric cancer through a number of events and initiatives. In addition to funding clinical research, the organization works directly with the victims of pediatric cancer through its Bear Hugs program.

Similar to a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, each Bear Hug brings a customized experience to a child who is living with cancer. Bear Hugs are as unique as the children who receive them. In order to ensure that each child is happy with his or her experience, Bear Necessities works closely with parents and caregivers to ensure that Bear Hugs are both appropriate and successful.

To qualify for a Bear Hug, pediatric cancer patients must be under 20 years of age and receiving treatment through the pediatric oncology department of a major Chicago-area hospital. In some cases, Bear Necessities will also deliver Bear Hugs through Illinois hospitals outside of Chicago and to Illinois patients who are undergoing treatments out of state.