Cals Angels was founded by my AMAZING friend Tom Sutter after his son Cal died at the age of 13 after a horrible battle with leukemia. I interviewed Tom for Journey To Success Radio.
Tom Sutter is a multi-threat professional – the serious job that pays the bills, the fun job that pays the heart, a published author and inspirational speaker. At Crum-Halsted Insurance (www.crumhalsted.com) in Sycamore, Illinois, Tom is the Vice President of Sales & Business Development which involves the recruiting, training and development of insurance producers while maintaining and growing his own book insurance business. Through Tom’s organizational leadership, his direct teams consistently exceed their goals year in and year out.
After losing their oldest of seven children to leukemia, Tom and his wife co-founded Cals Angels (www.calsangels.org), a 501c3 non-profit organization located in South Elgin, Illinois, that grants the wishes of children battling cancer and financially assists their families. Tom is the president of the organization and his duties include chief fundraiser, branding and marketing. Since 2007 Cals Angels has raised over $2,000,000 after expenses allowing them to assist over 600 pediatric cancer families.
Training and coaching has been a part of Tom’s life since his college days. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University where he was also involved as a pledge trainer with the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Having a blended family of seven children, including Cal, whom are all active in sports, Tom enjoys spending his spare time coaching one or more of their baseball and softball teams each spring and summer.
All of Tom’s life experiences provided the impetus to write a book “Bitter or Better – Crushing Life’s Losses Into Victories” – www.bitterorbetterbook.com – based on the principle that no matter what life throws at you there is no reason to let anything but you and your mind control your destiny.
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.