POTCF Opens 42nd Treasure Chest Foundation at Edward Hospital in Naperville

Members of the Reff Family

Members of the Reff family proudly display Nancy Lee's photo during the 42nd Treasure Chest Program's dedication ceremony. From left to right are daughters Courtney and Tiffany, husband Rick, daughter Heidi McCotter and her husband Mike. Those who knew Nancy Lee are sure she is looking down and happy to know that young cancer patients in the Naperville area will now be able to select a toy or gift certificate from one of our Treasure Chests.

 

The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation (POTCF) reached a major milestone May 10, 2012 with the opening of its 42nd Treasure Chest Program at Edward Hospital in Naperville.

The latest Treasure Chest Program means the POTCF now serves more than 7,900 children and teens monthly at 42 hospitals and treatment centers in 13 states across the nation. The Naperville program was established in memory of former Foundation Board member Nancy Lee Reff, who served faithfully from 2003 to 2006 and passed away in September of 2011. "We believe that Nancy is looking down and is happy to know that young patients undergoing cancer treatment in the Naperville area will now be able to select a toy or gift certificate from one of our treasure chests," said Colleen Kisel, CEO and Founder of the Treasure Chest Foundation.

Edward Hospital and Health Services is a full-service, regional healthcare provider offering access to complex medical specialties and innovative programming. The hospital is located in Chicago's western suburbs with two main campuses in Naperville and Plainfield, plus outpatient facilities and physician office locations throughout the region.

The need for this latest Treasure Chest Program came about after the Hematology/Oncology clinic at Edward Hospital partnered with the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital and Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn to enable Naperville area families to receive top pediatric oncology care much closer to home. Edward Hospital Child Life Specialist Melissa Slattery said, "We are excited about our new partnership with the Treasure Chest Foundation because we know how much the children look forward to receiving their Treasure Chest rewards."

 

The Grispo family

The Grispo family of Plainfield was one of the first to experience the smiles brought on by selecting a toy from the new Treasure Chest at Edward Hospital. Eight-year-old Hailey (left) and five-year-old pediatric cancer patient Hannah (right) are joined by their mother, Kim Grispo, and grandmother, Debby Mikus, at the recently opened Naperville facility.

Hannah Grispo

Five-year-old pediatric cancer patient Hannah Grispo has plenty of toys to select from the brand new Treasure Chest at Edward Hospital in Naperville.

 

The Hammond Family

The Hammond family of Aurora moved to the United States from Austria two years ago, and four weeks later their nine-year-old son Carter was diagnosed with leukemia. Family members taking part in opening ceremonies for the newest Treasure Chest Program at Edward Hospital in Naperville included (from left) Carter, father Kim, Jordan (age seven) mother Maria and big brother Lichlan (age 12).

 

Eagle Scout Nick Protich

Eagle Scout Nick Protich of Plainfield Boy Scout Troop #82 built the Treasure Chest which houses toys for children and teens receiving cancer treatments at Edward Hospital. Here Nick is joined by his proud parents and Scoutmaster Robert Herbert during the dedication ceremony for the opening of the Treasure Chest Foundation's 42nd Program.

 

Rick Reff and Elsie Finn

Nancy's husband Rick Reff and Elsie Finn (neighbor and close friend of the Reff family) display a photo of Nancy Lee in front of the brand new Treasure Chest at Edward Hospital in Naperville.