Letter to the Editor

The mission of the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation is to provide comfort and distraction from painful procedures to children and teens who have been diagnosed with cancer by providing a toy, gift or gift card from a Treasure Chest. During this past December, several local schools and businesses hosted holiday toy drives which resulted in an enormous donation of toys.


Each year I am amazed by the fact that these organizations—all located within close proximity to our Orland Park headquarters—are able to provide enough toys to directly benefit nearly 9,000 children and teens monthly at 46 children’s cancer treatment centers in 16 states across the nation. As the Founder and CEO of the Treasure Chest Foundation, I would like to convey my personal thanks and deep sense of gratitude to the following organizations:


American Sewing Guild, Central Middle School, Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, Dunkin Donuts, Fernway Park Elementary School, Helen Keller Elementary School, Ingalls Cancer Care Center, John A Bannes School, KVH Industries, Millennium Elementary School, Remembering Cathy and Alison, Chairwoman Ms. Patti Rose, Physical Therapy & Sports Injury, Republic Bank and Virgil I Grissom School.



On behalf of the children and teens who have been diagnosed with cancer, the Treasure Chest Foundation Board of Directors and staff wish to thank the parents, students, staff and administration of our community schools along with the area businesses for their tremendous response. We truly feel blessed to have such support.


Sincerely and with gratitude,



Colleen M. Kisel

Founder and CEO

Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation


708-687-TOYS (8697)


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