Treasure Chest Foundation reached milestone in 2013
December 30, 2013 4:06PM
Each new Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation program provides brave patients like Jaxson Dugger with joy and comfort in their daily struggles against childhood cancer. | Supplied photo
Updated: February 9, 2014 2:27AM
For the Orland Park-based Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, 2013 will be remembered in part as the year it reached a milestone, with the opening of its 45th Treasure Chest Program at ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City.
The program provides toys and gifts to pediatric cancer patients during their treatments. The foundation’s services now are offered in 16 states nationwide, according to a news release from the foundation.
“We are very excited to have access to donated toys that we can offer to our pediatric patients to make their treatment experience more bearable,” said Vickie Weigel, patient advocacy manager at ProCure’s Oklahoma City treatment center. “We so appreciate the foundation for thinking of our youngest patients and making this program a reality for our center.”
Each new Treasure Chest Program brings the promise of relief and comfort for hundreds of childhood cancer patients, and every program is opened in honor or in memory of one or more individuals whose lives have influenced the success of the foundation, the release said.
Foundation founder and CEO Colleen Kisel established the Oklahoma City Treasure Chest Program in honor of two of her family members who died in 2011. Colleen’s father, Patrick Nagle, ran the warehouse as one of the foundation’s first employees, and her sister, Cathleen Nagle, was one of the organization’s top 25 donors every year.
“I feel blessed to have the support of my board of directors with the launch of our 45th Treasure Chest Program in Oklahoma City in memory of my father and sister,” Kisel said in the release. “They were big proponents of the Treasure Chest Foundation, and I know they are with me every day. And now I know that whenever a brave child or teen selects a toy or gift card from the Oklahoma City Treasure Chest, Patrick and Cathleen will be looking down with pride and their own smiles of relief and comfort.”
The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation depends on contributions of money, toys and gifts through private and corporate donations. The nonprofit supports more than 8,600 children and teens each month who are diagnosed with cancer by providing a toy, gift or gift card in 45 hospitals nationwide, the release said.
For more information, call (708) 687-8697 or visit www.treasurechest.org.