Cathleen “Cat” Aquino
September is known nationally as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Although, there are many organizations and people around the country trying to combat cancer in children 365 days a year.
One of those volunteers is Cathleen Aquino, or affectionately known as “Cat”, from Warrenville, Illinois. Cat is a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse by day at Loyola University Medical Center and has volunteered with many hospitals and programs.
For the past five years, she’s been volunteering with Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children diagnosed with cancer. Through its One Step Programs, it offers camp experiences and other programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids. Their programs offer fun, friendship and support in a safe and nurturing environment.
Cat serves as a Summer and Winter Camp leader. Next month she will volunteer with the nonprofit’s Family Camp as a counselor for families impacted by cancer, like her family. Cat also takes part in fundraising for Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. She also ran the Chicago Marathon for Team One Step to raise money to send more kids to camp. Most of all, Cat loves the time she gets to spend with campers that inspire her in both her professional and personal life. Despite a demanding schedule, Cat always makes time for her One Step family and helps children from all over the Midwest battling cancer deal with these circumstances.
According to Darryl Perkins, Director of Programs for Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., Cat not only gives her time and talent, but her heart with all that she does. For more information on Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. and its program, please visit www.onestepcamp.org or call 312.924.4220.
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