We Care In Anthem was born in 2002 when Eric Kilstrom learned about Joshua Thompson, a seven-year-old suffering from cancer. Eric’s wife, Sara, had attended a bunco benefit for Joshua run by fellow Anthem resident, Christine Eyde. “You have to do something for him,” Sara told her husband.
Eric and Sara knew first-hand what it was like to deal with a very ill child. Their son Griffin had developed a growth on his bladder when he was very young. They remembered how frightened and vulnerable they felt at the time. “I can’t remember feeling any worse than that,” Eric says. Luckily, it turned out to be a benign cyst, which was removed in an operation, leaving Griffin with a point of discussion among his friends — no belly button!
Never one to ignore a request from his wife, Eric got to work. Eric was the founder of the Business Network of Anthem, a confederation of Anthem businesses. Eric rounded up several of his business network contacts and they quickly threw together a new charitable organization to help Joshua.
They hit the ground running — no time then to worry about formal rules and regulations just yet — just go out and do it.
In response to Joshua Thompson’s cancer diagnosis in 2002, Eric & his wife Sara organized the first annual We Care In Anthem golf tournament and raised an impressive $27,000 for Joshua. The group went on to hold more golf tournaments, as well as bunco nights, comedy nights, and ice cream socials.