Bitter or Better: Crushing Life's Losses Into Victories by Tom Sutter details the death of his son Cal from leukemia and Cal's All-Star Angel Foundation which he started to raise money for children and families suffering from childhood cancer.
Tom Sutter has overcome unbelievable obstacles on his way to creating the successful life he enjoys today would be an understatement of epic proportions. Whether it was “breaking the cycle” of an unhealthy upbringing, the powerful decision he made to change the course of his life while spending a few nights in jail, or suffering the loss of his young son, Cal; Tom doesn’t just share his life’s journey and lessons in this book. He provides a blueprint for success to overcoming and creating an outstanding life.
Today, Tom, his wife Stacey, and their blended family of six children live in the Chicago suburbs and are all actively involved in the foundation dedicated to Cal’s memory, which has raised more than $2,000,000 to help families facing the challenges of pediatric cancer with financial assistance to keep them in their homes, food on the table and a smile on their face. Tom electrifies audiences across North America with his passionate and proven success strategies for business and personal growth.
10% of all proceeds from Bitter or Better book sales are donated directly to Cal’s Angels to further assist families battling pediatric cancer.
I am mentioned in Tom's book Bitter or Better because of my insistence that he attend the Think and Grow Rich Summit in Del Mar, CA in 2013. At that event, Tom met several people who helped him create more success for himself and Cal's All-Star Angel Foundation.
At a gathering of friends and neighbors in our living room in March of 2007, the concept of what would soon become Cal’s Angels was created in memory of our oldest child, Cal Sutter, who lost his 14 1/2 month battle to leukemia at the age of 13.
While our growth continues at a steady pace and our program offerings have increased at the same rate, we have never wavered from our mission of granting wishes to kids fighting cancer and financially assisting their families. In seven years we have raised in excess of 2 million dollars allowing us to impact the lives of more than 500 children and their families through our various programs, all the while ensuring that 90 cents of every dollar has gone towards the cause.
Our goals in the years ahead include the ability to take care of every child in the Chicagoland area who is fighting any form of cancer, expanding to other areas of the State and country, create awareness for pediatric cancer clinical trials through collaboration with other like-minded organizations and increase the percentage of cancer research dollars that goes toward pediatrics from less than 4% to a meaningful percentage that expedites finding a cure.
The best news we will ever hear is that there is no longer a need for Cal’s Angels because children no longer suffer from cancer. Until then, we will continue to concentrate on the quality of life aspect of this horrible situation families are unwillingly thrust into by continuing to grant the wishes of kids fighting cancer and financially assisting their families. Cal’s Angels will continue to be an efficient conduit between donor and recipient, as we have always been, so you can be assured that every dollar donated to Cal’s Angels will go a long way in helping us continue with our mission.
As we continue to fight the good fight we ask that you too support us in our mission and help us help these kids and their families!
Our Heartfelt thanks,
Tom and Stacey Sutter – Founders