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Ooh La La Chocolate 5K Run/Walk
The Second Annual Ooh La La Chocolate 5K Run/Walk being held on Sunday, November 6th will benefit Children's Oncology Services, Inc.
Summer Camp 2016 set a record for attendance!
Summer Camp Update


(07:00 PM - 11:59 PM)
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November 11, 2016
Time:07:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Location: Four Seasons - Chicago, Chicago, IL -60611

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In the News


February 2016


Children’s Oncology Services Hits the Jackpot at the 11th annual 2016 One Step Charity Poker Championship


On February 18, Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. “pushed the limits” and hosted a sold-out crowd of 240 poker players and 55 spectators for the 2016 One Step Charity Poker Championship that raised $107,000 at the beautiful Montgomery Club.  

Dan Bernstein from WSCR "The Score" AM 670 and a board member of the nonprofit emceed the night for the 11th annual No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. Players from all over Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland-area played their best hand for an evening of poker and high stakes gambling, memorable food and drinks, prizes and of course, charity. Celebrity bounty players that turned up the “heat” included NBC’s hit show Chicago Fire stars Joe Minoso and Yuri Sardarovalong with Alicia Roman of NBC Chicago, Marley Kayden of NBC Chicagoand Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times.




Utah Ski Program Continues to Delight One Step Campers!


The Utah Ski Program was very successful this year. Our campers had a great time and we were so pleased to see so many new campers attend in 2016! The National Abilities Center continues to be terrific in the support of our entire group and we are especially grateful as they provide children the incredible sking experience that they may never have thought possible. 

Of the 30 campers that attended:

13 had attended the program before

10 were first-time to Utah

7 were brand new to One Step.

This year, being that the program overlapped with the Super Bowl, we added a Super Bowl Party and celebration. This new activity was well-embraced by both the campers and parents.



January 2016


Thanks to the wonderful support of the Ellen Marks Cancer Foundation who provided a $25,000 matching gift, the holiday appeal raised a total of $83,300! 


We are happy to report that the 2015 holiday appeal campaign raised $58,300, plus an additional $25,000 matching gift pledged by Ellen Marks Cancer Foundation, for a total of $83,300.  

On #GIVINGTUESDAY, we raised just over $20,000 which also was a new record! We are so grateful for everyone’s support and generosity. Special thanks go out to the 670TheScore team for their continued dedication to Children’s Oncology Services, Inc.



December 2015


Our 2015 programmatic year was very successful as we served 11% more campers than in 2014.


Our mission is focused on delivering supportive and empowering experiences to children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Our goal is to continue to serve more children and families each year, and 2015 was an example of that commitment! Thank you to our entire One Step community of camper families,  volunteers, donors, Board of Directors and staff for making this a truly special year! 


November 2015


“Flight” Gala Raises $225,000 Towards One Step Programs and Children’s Oncology Services, Inc.


On Friday, November 13th, more than 370 guests gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel-Chicagofor Flight!Flight took guests on a virtual journey to Argentina, where they felt the influence of the region from the wine to the music. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, an exceptional dinner, seated program, which highlighted the joys of One Step Programs and the families it helps, plus musical entertainment provided by Michael Lerich and his Orchestra to finish the evening.

One Step campers Juan Escobedo and Amber Pflughoet received standing ovations for sharing their stories about their camp experiences and the impact the organization has had on their battles with cancer.

The event raised more than $225,000 throughunique silent and live auction items and a “campership auction” in which guests could donate and take away a plush toucan, who represented the children that they would be sending to camp. This is enough to send 225 of kids to camp.




The Pierce Family Foundation presents check for $20,000  to Children's Oncology Services, Inc. 


Special thanks to The Pierce Family!  The Pierce Family Foundation 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing held on August 1 at Carriage Greens Country Club raised funds to send kids to One Step Programs!


October 2015


TIP OF THE HATS Raises over $200,000 For One Step Programs!




As they did in 2014, the competitive Team Fortress 2 gaming community has selected Children’s Oncology Services and One Step Programs as the beneficiary for their 2014 Tip of the Hats charity livestream event. Players from around the world participated in the livestream that helped make it one of the biggest events in Team Fortress 2 history. 


September 2015


Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. receives a $1,250,000 grant from the Hospira Foundation.


The donation, one of the largest in the organization’s history, will provide program scholarships for Chicago and suburban children to attend One Step Summer Camp and Winter Camp programs over the next ten years.  





August 2015


Thank you Piece Family Foundation!


Special thanks to The Pierce Family Foundation as they held their 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing at Carriage Greens Country Club raised funds to send kids to One Step Programs!





July 2015


Frank Gibbons Links Fore Hope Foundation Outing Sends Kids to Camp!



Thanks to everyone at the Frank Gibbons Links Fore Hope Foundation for their continued generosity. One Step, Camper Ryan Sartori did a great job speaking at the event!


June 2015


Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities Outing Sends Kids to Camp!



Thanks to everyone at Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities for supporting Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. We were represented by One Step campers, Justyna, Kyle, Janine and Ryan, each having a terrific round of golf. Stephanie, Dani and Erin volunteered for the event and did a great job. Many thanks to Chris Kromer for his continued support. 


May 2015


One Step Programs Goes to Washington D.C.



Hello DC! On April 19th, our Washington DC Program began and for five days our campers were on the move. The group had a private tour of Quantico, visited the Capitol, Smithsonian, multiple museums and other attractions. Our program was led by James Chandler and Linsey Smith. James and Linsey did an outstanding job in their new leadership role and brought some incredibly fresh and new ideas to the trip.  Great work by all the volunteers and thanks to Darryl and staff for making this happen.


One Step Campers Enjoy Chicago!



What do you get when you have 1 weekend, 19 campers, great volunteers, the city of Chicago and your own personal trolley? That’s right, Chicago Day Camp! The program was a huge success and our campers had a great time enjoying so many activities, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Kids Science Lab, the Museum of Science and Industry, Enchanted Castle and time spent with friends. Thanks to Julie Hecktman for her leadership, our volunteers for their continued great work and our staff Darryl Perkins and Lauren Kunkel for putting this all together. 


April 2015


Coldwell Banker Supports Children's Oncology Services, Inc.



Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation presented Children's Oncology Services, Inc. with a $7,000 grant on April 9th to help send children to our 2015 One Step Programs.  They have been supporting our programs for several years through financial gifts as well as recently collecting donated games and toys for our campers.



February 2015 


One Step Campers Hit the Slopes in Utah


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Our Utah Ski Trip was a great success and the 30 campers who attended had an incredible time. Several new campers joined us in Utah and many of them were new to One Step.  The week was filled with Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing and number of other great activities. “Our gratitude” goes out to, Nancy Townsend and all the volunteers who did an amazing job, the National Abilities Center for their support of our campers, and to our Director of Programs, Darryl Perkins and his team.


One Step Poker Event Raises $110,000!


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Children's Oncology Services, Inc is extremely grateful to all the wonderful staff and volunteers for their outstanding efforts they put on a terrific event. With more than 220 players and over 50 spectators, the room was buzzing with excitement. This was the first year at the Montgomery club and the venue was fantastic! The atmosphere was perfect and everyone had a great time!


November 2014 


One Step Flight Event Raises $340,000!


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Our FLIGHT event on November 14, 2014, was a tremendous success as we raised approximately $340,000. We were pleased to present an Italian themed evening that delivered exceptional food and entertainment to our guests while they experienced the true joy of what One Step Programs delivers to our campers and their families. That success is a direct result of the wonderful generosity of everyone who attended!


October 2014


Team One Step Raises $140,000


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Another great year for Team One Step as 90 runners ran the 2014 Chicago Marathon on behalf of Children's Oncology Services, Inc. After running 26.2 miles, runners were joined by family and friends at South Branch Tavern and Grill for an outstanding post race celebration!


July 2014


Our first Summer Camp at Conference Point Center was a HUGE success!!


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We were so please with our move to Conference Point. Not only will it allow us to serve more kids but the facility and staff will allow us to enhance our programming. Campfire and smores were plentiful. Waterfront activities were fantastic, food was awesome and flour wars were better than ever. Many thanks to our staff and volunteers for making this transition a smooth and successful one!!


May 2014 






As they did in 2013, the competitive Team Fortress 2 gaming community has selected Children’s Oncology Services and One Step Programs as the beneficiary for their 2014 Tip of the Hats charity livestream event. Last year, their inaugural event lasted 36 hours and raised over $35,000 for our organization. Players from around the world participated in the livestream that helped make it one of the biggest events in Team Fortress 2 history. Over 65,000 people tuned in!



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