Our Impact

Since our establishment in 2014, Pat Mac’s Pack has raised more than $375,000 to contribute to the fight against pediatric brain cancer, and supported dozens of families in the Chicagoland area.

Recently, we have:

In 2018, we donated $175,000 to the Brain Tumor Research Fund at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

In 2017, we donated $125,000 to the Brain Tumor Research Fund at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, which has gone towards:

  • Funding the cutting edge research currently being conducted at Lurie’s by Dr. Stewart Goldman and the entire brain tumor research team.
  • An educational support program for survivors at Lurie’s to provide young survivors the support they need to go on with their lives and complete school, find a job, or live independently.

Donated directly to numerous families in the Chicagoland area with a child battling pediatric brain cancer.

When you find out your child has cancer, life as you know it stops. Treating and hopefully curing your child becomes your sole focus. Jobs and bills take a back seat but never go away. Plus, a battle with cancer comes with myriad financial costs — above and beyond hospital and medical bills. We provide modest financial support to families to help reduce the burden of travel, parking, lodging and other costs associated with numerous visits to and stays in the hospital.


One of the best parts of our foundation’s work is meeting the patients and families we support. Thanks to your contributions, Pat Mac’s Pack makes donations to local families by referral — through Pat Mac’s Pack board members, Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The recipients live or are being treated in the Chicagoland area and their ages range from less than two to 16 years. Each of their tumors are different, as are their needs (please note: some the names of the children have been changed to protect their privacy).

LD is a handsome 12 year old hero battling a Gliomatosis Cerebri. He is a well rounded guy who loves Harry Potter, Marvel super hero movies, dogs, mac & cheese, fidget spinners, wrestling and stuffed animals just to name a few things. He enjoys building and creating household items with his grandpa.

is a vivacious 8 year old fighting a DIPG, the most aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer. He loves super heroes and playing with his brothers. His mom is single and depends on family and friends to help her.

Lisa is almost 2 years old. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor on her optic nerve. As a result of her diagnosis and treatment she is now blind. She will require several more years of chemotherapy along with services to help her adjust to life as a blind child. Her parents were very grateful for our donation which helped cover expenses not covered by their insurance.

Amanda is also 8, the eldest of 4 children. She was diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma multiform, a very deadly form of brain cancer. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Her mom stays home while her dad works. They live in a very modest home with very few extras. They were extremely grateful for our donation.

Billy is a toddler with neuroblastoma. He is currently undergoing treatment. He is the baby of a large family. His siblings all attend Catholic school and mom stays home.

Daniel is 16 years old, the 4th of 5 children. He is in treatment for a meduloblastoma, and his current MRI is “going in the right direction”. He hopes to be back playing on the soccer field next year. His parents are immigrants who speak very little English and have low paying jobs. The family needed car repairs which they couldn’t afford on top of all the medical bills. When his dad found out about our donation, he cried.

Rachel is an 11 year old diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. As part of this disease, Rachel has an inoperable brain tumor. She lives with her single mom and sister in an apartment. They recently lost their home and car. Our donation was greatly appreciated.