Nik's Wish: To BRING JOY throughout the nation to young adults (18-24), and their loved ones, fighting cancer.

Nik found the "Wish Gap" for cancer warriors, ages 18 to 24, and we aim to fill it!

Nik's Story

The story of the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation

Nik was diagnosed with cancer just before his 18th birthday and was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This wish meant the world to him. It gave him hope and happiness in a time of struggle and pain. When Nik discovered that kids over 17 do not qualify, he wanted to help. The night before cancer took his life in 2012, he asked to help them have a wish too.

Nik's Wish charity has delivered over 180 wishes in over 30 states and is supported 100% through volunteers to allow us to help as many families as possible.

We have seen wishes to celebrate the end of treatment, wishes to encourage patients to keep fighting during treatment, and even last wishes to bring families together to create precious moments of joy. A Nik's Wish carves out a joyful time to laugh, love and be together - And to forget about cancer for a while.

Click below to see Nik's Wish on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Our founder, Kelli (Nik's mom), is featured in the new book, Gap Warriors, where she shares how Nik's Wish has beaten the odds to keep our nonprofit afloat while fulfilling the desire to fill a gap to Bring JOY to young adults fighting cancer.

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