Bridging the Gap: Teens Helping Teens Fighting Cancer

The Bridge Teen Center is giving back to teenagers fighting cancer by creating gift bags for teens to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation (POTCF).


The Bridge Teen Center is an innovative grassroots nonprofit community center for teenagers located in Orland Park and serving the Chicago Southland area. Their mission is to provide free programs during after-school and unsupervised hours where students can develop mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually in a safe environment.


Bridge Teen Brittany Dole said, "It is a good feeling knowing I am making a difference for teens  battling cancer. It is nice to know that something as simple as receiving gift bags can brighten their day." Amy McGrew, Bridge Teen Center Program Director, said, "When students are out of school, for example on a national holiday, we like to give them the opportunity to give back to the community." The positive impact and joy of the Bridge Teen Center was demonstrated by Bridge Teen Leah Masen when she said, "I enjoy going to the Bridge Teen Center because you get to meet a lot of new people. Volunteering at the Treasure Chest Foundation is a great opportunity to give back to the community."


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Pictured (left to right:) Bridge Teen Center Program Director Amy McGrew and Bridge Teens Leah Masen and Brittany Dole prepare gift bags for teenagers fighting cancer at the Treasure Chest Foundation's Orland Park warehouse.