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Marcfirst Receives $10,000 Grant from Bayer Fund


Donation to help implement STEM walls for Pediatric Therapy Services


NORMAL, Ill. – Marcfirst received a grant for $10,000 from Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer in the U.S., which has been used to install STEM walls for children at The Gregg Chadwick Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy Center.


"We at Marcfirst are overjoyed from receiving this $10,000 grant from Bayer Fund," says Marcfirst Vice President of Pediatric Services Christy Kosharek. "The impact of these funds has been incredibly beneficial to the children in our Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy Program, and we've seen great strides in socialization and engagement."


This grant has not only provided support to Marcfirst, but also the community we serve by allowing us to provide children with maladaptive behaviors the opportunity to increase their social skills and engagement as well as reduce elopement.


"Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States," said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. "We're proud to be able to provide support to develop programs like Marcfirst, which has been critical in providing support services to patients and families managing illness or disease."


In 2022, Bayer Fund awarded more than $13.4 million to over 2,700 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in Food and Nutrition, STEM Education, and Health and wellness. Over the last five years, nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $75 million.


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About Marcfirst. For over 65 years, Marcfirst has been at the forefront of supporting individuals through integration into our Bloomington-Normal community. At Marcfirst, we fight for each other and those who can't fight for themselves and we envision a community that encourages and accepts all people. Marcfirst operates around a $10 million annual budget providing over 1,200 services to children and adults.


Marcfirst provides services to support individuals through all stages of life. From pediatric therapy services for children to our High School Transition Program and several Adult Services (e.g., Supportive Living, Community Day Services, Supported Employment, Behavioral Health Clinic), we offer opportunities that enhance quality of life. For more information please visit


About Bayer Fund. Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and health and wellness projects.







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