Children's Hospital of Illinois receives $2 million donation for pediatric cancer support facility


John and Annette Heller recently donated $2 million to the Children's Hospital of Illinois to create a new center to help families dealing with pediatric cancer.

The gift will fund educational and support services at Children’s Hospital of Illinois and the St. Jude Midwest affiliate. 

“Children and families face unimaginable challenges while fighting cancer," John said. "We feel blessed to help create services and programs to make their journey through cancer treatment and beyond a little easier." 

The forthcoming John & Annette Heller Learning for Living Center will offer services such as school and career support, a nutrition specialist, education, and monitoring of ongoing health risks as well as many other support teams designed to help children and families cope with health issues.

“A comprehensive program of this kind is not currently available and will fill a needed gap that has been identified by both families and care providers," Dr. Kay Saving, Children’s Hospital of Illinois medical director and lead pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the St. Jude Midwest affiliate, said. "The Heller’s gift will allow Children’s Hospital of Illinois to better serve our pediatric cancer patients."

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