Not long ago, Chicago resident Marilyn Stevens lost her husband to a four-year battle with cancer. When she is given the Pay It Forward Challenge, she decides to help families facing the same struggle.
Marilyn learns about the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, which supports families dealing with the disease and provides research funding. With help from founder Kathleen Casey, Marilyn identifies two families who could really benefit from her help.
The first family has preschool-age twins, one of whom is diagnosed with leukemia. Marilyn showers the little girl with gifts and gives the family $500 to help with their expenses. Then, Bear Necessities surprises the family with another $300! The second family is a single mom and her daughter, who has suffered a relapse. With the bills piling up, this family needs help, and Marilyn is there with another $500 to ease their burden.
Marilyn says the experience was beyond wonderful. "It's a warm and wonderful feeling. It is better to give than receive."