Chicago Woman Fought Cancer — Then Created Foundation To Help Other Patients With Blood Drives, Awareness, Community

Felicia Middlebrooks
March 29, 2019 - 7:37 pm



UNIVERSITY PARK (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Nicole Bullock's 2016 family vacation was disrupted by a scar diognosis: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system and generally develops in the lymph nodes and lymphatic tissues. 

After going through aggressive chemotherapy and other radiaiton therapy in 2016 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, she was inspired to give back after receiving a care package from volunteers.

"These strangers praying for me and giving me care packages really inspired me," Bullock said. 

She went on to create Nicole Cares Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Lansing, IL. The charitable institution that focuses on assisting patients and their families throughout their battle against lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that affects the immune system. "Our organization provides more than just financial help; we give hope, care, guidance, and encouragement to all individuals who are greatly affected by this life-threatening disease," reads the organization's mission statement. 

She now spreads awareness about the disease and hosts events to support the cause. She's also written a book and shared her story on various media outlets, including Vorage Chicago, iHeart Radio and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society website.

Bullock and her organization is hosting a blood drive March 30 at Faith Movers Church, 425 Exchange St. in University Park. With inclement weather and seasonal illnesses, they result in fewer blood donations during the winter months. More information on the blood drive can be found here

"We hope to educate people that cancer patients are also in need of blood," she said of the event. 

Donors of all blood types are important to the drive, and the entire donation process takes about an hour, according to event details. Appointments for the blood drive can be made online

"Our successful blood drive will help prevent blood shortages, and ensure patients have blood products when needed," the event said.