Bridging the Gap to Helping Teens Fighting Cancer

The Bridge Teen Center is giving back to teens 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.

Several of the Bridge Teens who pitched in recently at the Treasure Chest Foundation's Orland Park warehouse had positive reactions to their experience. Leah Masen said, "I come to the Treasure Chest Foundation whenever I can because I have a good time and it's one way to give back to the community." Anna Palermo agreed, "This is my first time volunteering with the Foundation and I really enjoyed it! It was a great experience and it helps children with cancer be happier during their treatment." Grace Connelly, also a first-time volunteer, said, "I think it's wonderful that teenagers can help out with our community and great that people are getting involved by volunteering now, one step at a time." And Brittany Dole said, "I love going to the Treasure Chest Foundation to create gift packages and make kids smile. It means a lot to me."

Bridge Teen Center Program Director Amy McGrew recognized the positive impact on her hard-working volunteers, saying, "The Bridge Teen Center appreciates the opportunity the Treasure Chest Foundation gives us to serve our community on days when students are not in school."


Bridge Teen Center


Pictured (left to right): Rob Luebcke, Anna Palermo, Brittany Dole, Leah Masen, Program Director Amy McGrew and Grace Connelly prepare gift bags for teenagers fighting cancer at the Treasure Chest Foundation's Orland Park warehouse.