Meet Cody Fry
"I just popped in with Amelia, she has been feeling so sick. She smiled as soon as I said I had reached out to you and it sounded like she may have gotten to meet Cody! Her whole face lit up and said it was so unexpected and AMAZING. She said she has been corresponding with you to plan a trip as well. This is the most color and joy we have seen from her in quite some time. We truly cannot thank you enough. Her mom got tears in her eyes when she saw Amelia light up when she talked about it with me
National College Football Championship
My trip with Niks wish meant the world to me. I had always wanted to travel the country with my best friend and I've always wanted to see the national championship. I never really thought either would happen, but Niks wish made my dream come true. It was one of the best trips I've ever took and will be something I can always look back on and smile. I cannot say thank you enough to Niks wish for sending me to the game, and not just to the game but in style with amazing seats in an absolute state of the art stadium. Thank you Niks Wish for fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine, I will be forever grateful
Thank you very much!!! This baby grand piano is a dream come true!! This is where I am at every opportunity before and after long hard days by Hospital Appointments! May God repay you and this wonderful and magical organization the way only He can! Continue bringing smiles on children's faces!
Jesse had the most amazing time at the Cowboys game . He was so thankful him and his girlfriend could experience this together. It was the most amazing seats and experience for the both of them . I haven't seen Jesse this happy in a long time . Thank you to everyone who donated in order to make this wish come true for Jesse.
I was diagnosed with leukemia at age 21. After a couple years of trying chemo medication, my doctor decided that my best option was to go through a bone marrow transplant at the start of 2019. During this time, I met and fell in love with my now wife, Chelsey. We discovered Nik's wish and were lucky enough to be granted our wish, which was to celebrate our honeymoon in Disney World. We were paired with Linda who made EVERY PART of this enjoyable. She was always available, patient, and did everything in her power to give us our dream wish, in which she succeeded! Myself and my wife were able to get married and because of Nik's Wish have a honeymoon that was better than anything we could have dreamed of! Myself and my wife have never been happier and we are so thankful for Nik's Wish for making this possible! Thank you to Nik's Wish and Linda for filling our hearts with such support and love during this time and providing us the opportunity to have memories that we will DEFINITELY be telling our children about some day! Our honeymoon was perfect in Disney World and we could not be more grateful for this!
One year ago I didn't know where I would be or if going on a vacation was even in my future. When I found out I was granted my wish I couldn't believe it! It helped me push myself to get better and it definitely changed my mood/mindset on how I was feeling when it seemed like all I could feel was what chemo made me feel. This wish meant so much to me, I was in paradise a year after I was bedridden. Thank you guys so much! I appreciate everyone who's apart of the foundation and I appreciate all the people who donate to make this all happen, its amazing!! I can't wait for the day I can say I've donated to help make someone else's wish come true.
Meet the Detroit Pistons
To me the wish just shows that even people that you don't know care about helping the fight against cancer and putting smiles on peoples faces, putting a true meaning that "nobody fights alone" into action!
My wish of a tropical getaway meant the world to me. It gave me a chance to take a break from everyday work life and is something I've always dreamed of. I've always wanted to travel to Hawaii, as I love the ocean. My wish being granted was the best gift I've ever been given. Maui was absolutely beautiful and in hindsight, the experience I had made everything I went through feel worth it. Nik's Wish is a wonderful program that makes dreams come true.
We brought our house and finally thought it was ok to fulfill a lifelong dream for Mikey, a Siberian Husky of his very own but then Mikey was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma and he has been undergoing chemotherapy for the last year. When he was in the beginning stages of diagnosis I connected with a mom, Melissa Manliguis-Paddock who's son was also going through chemotherapy for the same cancer. She took us by the hand, virtually since she lives in Chicago, and helped ease our fears. Through their cancer fight they met Cindy DiFulvio Eckholm and Nik's wish. After hearing about this amazing experience Mikey applied to see if HIS wish could be granted. Amazingly Mikey's wish was granted last night and he's the proud papa to a 8 week old Siberian Husky puppy. Meet Zeus and yes we're all officially crazy 3 dogs, a 3 year old shih tzu and Bichon mix Sandy and mama's girl, our 5 month old Victorian Bulldog Mac , and now Mr. Zeus
My family and I wanted to say thank you so much for making my wish come true! We are super grateful for this wish and we had the best time ever down there in Maui it was definitely hands down the best vacation/trip we've had and with all the unforgettable memories we made! I'm really happy too that I was able to share my wish with my family as a big thank you to them for all they have done for me and their huge support during my whole cancer treatment. Nik's wish really went above and beyond not only for my wish but every other wisher as well. Thank you so much once again For making it all possible!
Pass away at home
Rolando, made it to Guatemala safely, and was able to recognize his mother and cousin who came to the airport to meet him! The father and mother are so incredible grateful for the support that you provided to him and his family. Because of your support the family was able to have their son return to Guatemala (their wish) and spend the last few days of his live beside his mother and siblings. Mom and dad both cried of gratitude.
Dad asked me to tell you THANK YOU and he and his family will never forget what Nik's Wish foundation did for them. This is a very humble and poor family who without your assistance it would not have been possible to grant their wish for their son to return to Guatemala.
From the bottom of my heart.... THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU!!
My wish gave me the opportunity to experience a place I wouldn't have had the chance to otherwise. After a very long year for myself and my family, we had the chance to spend quality time together and enjoy life. It was a priceless experience that I will cherish forever.
Quality over quantity. This trip and niks wish provided me that opportunity. It showed me that just because things look bad, doesn't mean they have to be. Live life to the fullest.
What did my wish mean to me? Well just to be able to go to my dream destination and not have to worry about a thing meant the world!! Going on two and a half years my life was basically based around someone always being worried, and to just have a break where nobody is worrying felt amazing! To finally have a break from chemo, being poked by needles, feeling sick, making sure I was okay (and everyone around me), taking lab tests, just the whole 9 yards was absolutely breathtaking! I will never be able to express my gratitude for this wonderful experience!! With love Kayleigh
This wish really helped me realize that I came such a long way since I was diagnosed. a year ago, I was sick in the hospital not knowing what will come next, and now I just went on an amazing trip with my family. I been wanting to go to Hawaii for years to see everything that the island had to offer and learn about the culture. I did so many new things that I didn't think I would ever experience. Going to Hawaii was probably the best way to celebrate the fact that I beat cancer and I'm so happy to have shared that with my amazing family that helped me through all the hard times. Thanks to this foundation one of my biggest wishes was granted, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for giving me this experience that I will never forget! --
Hawaii - Volcano National Park
Being able to go on this trip was so special to me and my family. Having the opportunity to visit another national park brings me one step closer to being able to complete my goal of visiting all of the national parks in the US. It worked out so well that we found out I was in remission only a few weeks before going on my wish trip. After 4 years of fighting relapsed Ewing's sarcoma, this trip was such an incredible way to end my treatment.
Car Spruce Up
Being able to work on something I love (my car) with my friends is the best feeling in the world, and Nik's Wish allowed me to do just that. It meant so much to me that the people involved cared so much about my interests and are helping me create something I've only been able to dream about! Thank you Nik's Wish for the massive amount of support and love you all have given me and my family as well!
Apartment Make Over
This wish has been incredible. It made possible something that I could have only imagined. I feel so blessed by Nik's wish to have been given this opportunity. Through my cancer journey I never thought how blessed I'd be by the end of it. Thank you to Nik's wish for this amazing gift and thank you Crystal for all your help along the way.
RC Car and Accessories
I'm so speechless and just so happy and again thank you this is amazing
SWEET THANK YOU SO MUCH
Swimming with dolphins
My son Anthony (AJ) Grande was planning on graduating high school, then attending Penn State University to study Marketing/Communications and also play Baseball/Basketball but 2 weeks prior to graduation, we were told the horrific news that our son has cancer - every parent's worst nightmare to receive. The oncologist team allowed my son to attend his graduation but beginning on June 10th our journey begins to beat cancer.
Turn closet into an office
I am 20 years old and I got diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma at 19 years old just last year. I had the amazing opportunity to get granted a wish by Nik's Wish and I am so lucky. This wish means the absolute world to me. I am also a small business owner. I have my own boutique and I started at just 19 years old. I needed more space for inventory, jewelry, etc. I wished for a closet/office for my small business and Nik's Wish was able to grant it. I am so beyond thankful and fortunate for this wish as it has helped me and my small business so much. I now have my own desk, my own chair, and a whole bunch of space for my inventory. Without Nik's Wish I'm not sure where I would be at with my business. Thank you so much for everything Niks wish!
TJs cancer journey began in October 2018. Of course at this moment his world came crashing down quickly. We as a family tried to hold everything together for him, but at times our world was also crashing down. Immediately my guard went up and I would not allow him around anyone outside of the house. My fear of him getting sicker consumed me. Fast forward a little over a year and TJs immune system was a little more stable so he attended school for half a day. Just as he was beginning to feel sort of like himself, covid shut down everything. About 3 years later, TJ was finally done with chemo treatments and now it was time to really be thinking of following thru with TJs wish vacation. This is where Niks Wish came into our lives and cleared away all of the dark clouds looming over our heads. Our family had not hardly had many interactions nor been out of town for quite awhile. This vacation helped us forget all of the trauma we had for almost 4 years. We laughed together and finally acted like a usual family for the first time in years. We also did not need to worry about are we spending too much, will we have plenty of money for food or souvenirs. It was the greatest feeling since we heard the words, TJ is in remission. Thank you Niks Wish for giving my family back!--
Thank you all so, so, much for my dream of catching a halibut! I was the only one to catch a halibut, and it was just the right size where I was able to fight it! We got back home close to midnight last night, and slept in quite a bit today! That was an absolutely perfect trip!!! We have to get all of our pictures together, but my Mom messaged The Nikolas Ritschel Foundation with a copy of the post she put up. Once all of our pictures are put together we will send more!--
New York City
My wish trip was magical because no one has been to NYC before except me. On behalf of my family, we would like to thank you guys for blessing us with a wonderful trip as well as creating magical moments and memories that we'll never forget. I personally am grateful and blessed to be able to share not only my wish for myself, but for the ones that were on this trip with me. This foundation is fantastic and I hope another kid will be able to enjoy life as well as having their dream come to reality and cherish it forever.
This was just the best experience and I really appreciate you and everybody over there from the bottom of my heart --
Our family is blessed to be a recipient of your kindness and generosity.
There really are no words I can say to let you know how much this time has meant to us.
Puppy - Oliver!
Oliver is sooo sweet! Thank you to the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation for all of the special treats and for Ollie! The happiness on Madison's face is priceless!
Trip to Branson, MO
My trip meant the world to me! It felt good to finally be out of town
for the first time away, free of all doctor visits and nothing cancer related. It was such a nice get away trip. We were blessed during our whole trip with some sweet people. I couldn't be more thankful for the
Nik's foundation for making all of It possible!
WISH: Trip to Hawaii
Nikolas Ritschel foundation sent me and my family to Hawaii. This trip came at the perfect time I just started to feel better after battling cancer for a year and it was the first time I felt like myself again. During those months of hospital stays I felt like I lost myself to the cancer and this trip helped me find myself once again! I'm grateful my family and I had the time to experience the beautiful Island of Maui. An experience I will never forget!!
WISH: Golden State Warriors Game
Nik's wish has captured such a special place in my heart. Being able to experience this trip with my mom, who sat with me at every chemo treatment, was oh so very special. Going through cancer sucks, on top of it my diagnosis was during peak COVID, so my life got put on the ultimate pause while I had to go through surgeries and treatments. Going to a Golden State Warriors game in San Francisco has always been on my bucket list, and the fact Nik's wish helped me accomplish that was a moment of victory after all the cancer. The best part of the trip was Golden State Warriors beat my hometown team UTAH Jazz in the most epic win ever! So much thanks to the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation, and for the amazing work they do. Any moment I have to donate/volunteer for them I'm doing it. Everyone young adult who gets the cancer diagnosis needs to experience the joy the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation has brought me.--
My wish meant so much to me and my family. As a toddler, growing up to today, I've always loved Disney and to go to Disneyland in California which is one of our favorite states to visit, it was a dream come true.
WISH: Camping Gear for a road trip with family and friends
I'm so thankful that my wish was able to be granted! To me this wish means independence after treatment. I cannot wait for summer so my friends and I can go on a road trip and put all this amazing gear to use and keep using it for years to come as I get stronger!
WISH: Camping Gear for a road trip with family and friends
I'm so thankful that my wish was able to be granted! To me this wish means independence after treatment. I cannot wait for summer so my friends and I can go on a road trip and put all this amazing gear to use and keep using it for years to come as I get stronger!
WISH: Huntington Beach, California
I was diagnosed in my senior year and high school. Making plans for after high school & becoming a young adult on my own. Unfortunately, all of that was halted when I randomly became sick & my ultimate diagnosis was leukemia. I finished my senior year mainly in the hospital & at home. I never went back to school since my diagnosis. Now everywhere I go I have to be more careful. I feel like my young adult life has been halted due to my leukemia. I just wanna feel like even if for one day that I can just live. No doctors, no hospitals, no blood draws, just be normal for once. I have not felt like I'm able to do that since 12-6-2018.
Nik's Wish has done something for me that has given me hope, strength, and most importantly joy. I was told of my wish being fulfilled right at the end of my treatment when my health and energy were at their lowest, and that gave me hope for my future and something to look forward to. Being able to go out and adventure in Alaska gave me strength in knowing that I can still do fun things and live a full life. And finally, all the lovely memories and laughter with friends and people we met brought me so much joy! Thanks to everyone involved!
WISH: Wish Maui Sunshine
"Being able to go to Maui with my family was such a blessing. After months of grueling treatment, this trip gave my family the opportunity to relax and spend time with each other. This truly was the trip of a lifetime and we are so grateful to the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation!"
WISH: Keepsake Jewelry
Thank you Niks Wish for granting me my wish!! It means so much to me that I was able to get a beautiful diamond gold bracelet that I really like. I chose this bracelet as my wish because it is something of value and long lasting. I also love wearing jewelry and feel that every time I wear the bracelet I will think of the amazing people at Niks Wish and the strength it took for me to face my challenge. A huge shout out to Judy!!!!!! and all of you ,that made this dream possible for me and what you do for so many other hero's out there.
WISH: Letter from the POTUS
WLNS Story on Ethan's Letter:
https://www.wlns.com/news/it-was-breathtaking-howell-teen-receives-letter-from-president-biden-during-battle-with-cancer/?_thumbnail_id=867385A package to your house and the return address is the white house. It was breathtaking. It was very heartfelt. I went to I smelled the ink and it looked like he actually signed it.
Thank you so very much for everything! You definitely brought joy to Chandler and the rest of my family ( Amber -- Chandler's mom)
It was towards the end of high school when I started to notice some differences. I started having some difficulties urinating and there was some blood in my urine. I told my parents and they scheduled an appointment for our local doctor. They took labs and everything came back normal. So they told me to keep drinking water and moved on. Turns out, rhabdomyosarcoma doesn't show in the blood. Difficulties continued so we scheduled an appointment with the urologist. They examined me and found a mass under the pelvic floor. So we scheduled to get my lymph node removed. After that, they diagnosed me with rhabdomyosarcoma. Early, it spread into my femur and caused major pain. After some chemo treatments, the main tumor shrunk and the tumors in my bones went away. A little time after that, I was in complete remission. After a few months, I relapsed. It's been a struggle ever since. It's more resistant and not very many chemos worked. It spread into my lungs and it started affecting my breathing.
Wish - PS5 with TV
Hey thanks you all a lot. Creators of foundation, volunteers, and donors. God bless you all....thank everyone who cares for others. One day me and Brent will be on our way to pay it forward" -- Brent's dad
Prior to diagnosis, Brent was a vibrant, talented young man who enjoyed playing football and basketball on his high school team. He had many friends, a job he enjoyed working at, and an active social lifestyle. He was able to save up to buy his first car and was so proud of himself for accomplishing that feat on his own. Since diagnosis, Brent was not able to go to school and was forced to start remote learning; however, as his illness got worse and treatments were required more often, he has been unable to complete his remote education program. He has been forced to move away from his family and friends in Idaho to receive specialized treatment in Utah. His father is the only person who is able to be at his side daily, while his mother and brother remain in Idaho. Brent misses his mother dearly, as well as his friends and family. It's very difficult to be confined to a hospital bed and, even more difficult, is the fact that he is unable to leave his hospital room due to contracting rhinovirus/RSV. When he's feeling up to it, he likes to build Lego cars, playing video games and doing crossword/word search puzzles.
This was such an amazing trip and the three of us all said this is the best vacation we've ever had!
Such great memories!" -- Haley's mom
I'm 18 and was diagnosed with colon Cancer within the first month of my senior year of high school. I'm unable to attend school in person and can't attend all my senior functions due to my condition. I spend most days going back and forth to doctors and hospitals. I start my treatment next week and I will have surgery to remove my colon and rectum and will have a permanent bag. My family and I are big Pittsburg Steelers fans. I would love to spend a day or weekend in Pittsburgh with my Mom & Dad and go to a game.
I was enjoying my life, enjoying every aspect of my daily routine and activities. I loved soccer and was in a great team with my classmates. Always wanted to visit FC Barcelona and I did it a year before I was diagnosed with Sarcoma. I enjoyed being a team in Panera bread for almost a year until Sarcoma deviated everything. I'm now disabled, unable to do what I used to do, I can't even use the bathroom on my own. Life is hard but harder with sarcoma."
What Nik's wish are you thinking about and why?
Jordan 1 High shoe
"I want this shoe because it means a lot to me. I grew up loving sneakers and my family never had the money to buy me any of my favorite shoes . One of my favorite rappers is Travis Scott and for him to release a collaboration with Fragment and Jordan makes me so really happy and I want them a lot. It would like make me so happy.
I work at a pizza place cooking and cleaning working 11 hrs/day, 6 days/week. I am a very private person, not good around people. It gives me bad anxiety. Being out of work makes me sad because I am not busy.
Wish: Orlando Family Trip
"Our feet are worse for wear after all the walking through the parks, but our hearts are happy to be together, healthy, and enjoying life. We had a magical experience we will never forget "
Donalen is a 21 year old newly diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma. She resides in AK with her parents and 2 sisters. They have all had to immediately move here as she receives treatment, and dad is still going back and forth in order to work. They are a very close knit family and draw on each other for support as they navigate this incredibly difficult time. Donalen isn't eligible for a Make a Wish since she was diagnosed at the age of 21. We are hoping you may be able to assist with a wish once she is feeling better and after treatment.
During my freshman year of college, I was diagnosed with two more brain tumors. Due to the location, surgery was not an option. I tried several different chemos, but the tumors were progressively growing and causing paralysis on my right side as well as speech impairment. Again, I resorted to an experimental drug trial. Fortunately, medicine has helped to shrink the tumors and stabilize my situation.
My wish was very special. I was able to smile again and was surprised that my body was able to do it all. I thought of Nik often and thought to myself that he would've really enjoyed it there too. It touches my heart to know that I was enjoying something that he would've wanted me to. Thank you so much for this gift it meant the absolute world to me and we will pass the message on so that Nik's Wish can carry on. God Bless all of you.
Wish: Dining Room Table for his dad
Lamont was discharged from the Military because of his diagnosed Tumor. He has been battling with cancer for over 6 months. Lamont moved back home with his father who stopped working to help him. Lamont reports that he just wants to help his dad in some way and is trying to manage while in treatment.
Wish: Family trip to Hawaii
My wish was amazing! Literally a life changing trip. I am so thankful for it and all of you!"
I was recently diagnosed with lymphoma in the middle of my freshman year in college. Being diagnosed and hearing the doctor in the ER say that I have cancer was a scary experience that I couldn't come to terms with for months. I often ignored it or pretended that it didn't exist. Once I came home to start treatment, one week after my diagnosis, I crashed. Suddenly everything felt real and I couldn't believe that I had cancer. Someone so relatively healthy, as I went to the gym a couple of times a week, had a pescetarian diet, and would journal. It felt like my life turned upside down.
Wish: Ski trip
At 22 years old, I was just 3 days away from the start of my final quarter of college and was thrilled to start the next chapter of my life. I had a final interview scheduled later that day (with talk of a promising job offer), with a company I had interned with all throughout my undergrad. A company that I admired wholeheartedly. I couldn't wait for graduation, all I could think about was how in just three short months I would be off "living my best life"...
That very same day, I noticed a distinct and concerning lumpy area on my neck. It truly did seem to have appeared just overnight. I had a horrible gut feeling something was wrong and immediately went to urgent care. Within a couple of hours, I was admitted to the hospital (due to suspicion of lymphoma). This was not even a possibility in my mind... I didn't know healthy 22-year-olds got cancer.
Wish: Meet Lil Baby
Eli was first diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma. Elijah is very close to his mom, Erma. She has been ill recently and has been in and out of the hospital. Elijah's mom, Erma, is currently in a skilled nursing home receiving therapy to become stronger. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Elijah has not been able to visit his mom in person at the nursing home.
Elijah is now living on his own with limited support. He has been extremely resilient throughout this cancer journey, but a getaway would aid in a necessary mental and emotional re-set.
My life before cancer was difficult, but cancer has made it almost...I say almost impossible. I've had so many different struggles and obstacles to overcome in my 23 years of life, but I never could have imagined that I would have to add cancer to that list. Cancer has caused pain, fear and depression for not just me but Christina, her boys, my parents and friends. What should have been the happiest time in my life, has turned into the most scary and depressing time of my life. All I can do is hope and pray that I will go from cancer patient, to cancer survivor!
I just wanted to thank you for being so kind to me it was so hard to sleep last night because I was so excited about this!
What you are doing is changing peoples lives and I don't know how much you understand how powerful that is. It is very humbling having you as my wish grantor Sending lots of love and happiness your way because you deserve it .
I am beyond ecstatic for my new buddies ! Never would I ever think that I would be able to even purchase these computers ! They make my life so much more convenient and fun and let's not forget how awesome these AirPods are! The Nikolas Ritschel Foundation has blessed me and I couldn't be any more thankful This organization is amazing and I can't thank you all enough. LoveWON CancerZERO
"My life was happy fun and I loved to work and spend all the time I can with my son. My life now is a bit sad because I spent a lot of my time in the hospital away from my son and my family I am unable to work at the moment my whole life changed again after being diagnosed again and it's been a hard journey for me and my son and family.
What Nik's wish are you thinking about and why?
I was looking to take my son out somewhere to get a way from everything. We we were supposed to go on vacation for my sons birthday but I was diagnosed 3 days before. I would be more than happy with anything you guys can help me with and very grateful."
Thank you guys so much we are so grateful to have had this opportunity this a week. I don't think we'll ever forget the most fun I've ever had!
I would personally like to thank you and your organization for granting me my wish for a gaming pc. Truly, I feel so honored to be able to have it provided to me as it has made me feel that my suffering during my time with treatments has at least led to some positives in my life as i'm able to better stay connected to the individuals in my life. Seriously, thank you for being able to provide someone like me something that I have wanted for such a long time, it has made me very happy.
Prior to being diagnosed I was a receptionist for state farm and I was taking classes in college. Now, it is constant hospital and doctor visits, as well as, a lot of treatments.
I was the school goalkeeper. I was active and happy. I graduated high school and started a new job on the same day. I started to love everything about myself and go out more. I started socializing and mad new friends. I was planning to go to South Suburban College and keep playing soccer. When I was diagnosed I was heartbroken. I was sad and I wish I didn't have to put my family and friends through this. I am in post treatment after my bone marrow transplant. It's hard to find things to do and things to keep me entertained. Right now I'm going through a bit of depression and I'm looking for things to do to make me happy. It's especially hard to get better when there's a pandemic, but I'm trying my hardest and will continue to push through so I can do what i love again: goalkeeping.
What Nik's wish are you thinking about and why?
I want gifts for my family. For myself, I would ask for Funko pops, because I collect them and they make me happy.
Thank you so much to the Nik Foundation for fulfilling my wish of a gaming computer. The computer looks amazing and I cannot wait to spend countless hours enjoying any game I decide to play. Thank you to everyone for supporting me and other loved ones through this difficult journey. Whatever the case may be do know that the Nik Foundation will help and bring smiles to peoples faces, just as they did with my wish. - Nicholas
I was a senior in my last semester at college, when I began to get arm pain in my left arm. After seeing multiple doctors and getting what felt like a million tests done, I was finally diagnosed with lymphoma. My life has completely changed. I am back at home taking some classes remotely so that I can try and graduate. But, I'm keeping my spirits high and pushing through. I'm only at the start of my journey but I have received a plethora of support and appreciation already.
Before I had cancer, I could walk... I could feed and take care of my animals, I could go to work and clean the churches. I felt free, I loved to walk and feel the wind as I did my lapse around the house. I was carefree and took for granted the idea of getting out of bed on my own, brushing my teeth and using the bathroom on my own. Now, I'm in a wheelchair and can't do any of those things without help. I'm not complaining though, there are people who are worse off than me. I just thank God that I'm alive and giving me the strength to fight this battle until the end. I will get better and I won't give up. God didn't make a quitter so here we are. Cancer is not the end for me, only the beginning. Thank you so much for considering me. Yes, life can be hard, but no matter how hard, there's always something that will make you smile.
I went to Cincinnati Ohio Children’s Hospital and they removed 30 plus tumors. I'm currently in the radiation phase. For my Nik's Wish I would like a new gaming computer!
Thank you guys so much for everything you have done. It's much appreciated!!
My life has completely been changed by the brain tumor. Before I was an independent college student with great friends. I could drive and work and do the things normal people can. I have had to overcome many issues over this past year and a half. I had to teach myself to read, write, walk, type, and speak again.
I am so grateful for the holiday you allowed me to go on. My family and I had a great time and it was a new experience for us. I cannot emphasize how thankful I am to the whole organization, and you too. I thought that getting cancer was the worst thing ever and Ni's Wish gave me a silver lining.
I had the greatest, most awesome experience ever I don’t even know where to begin! The yoga class was one of the highlights! Harmony was an amazing instructor, and doing yoga facing such a beautiful view was just magnificent!
We went to an aquarium and relaxed by the pool! The Grand Canyon was amazing.
This wish is an absolute DREAM COME TRUE!!!! I feel like I was in Paradise
Thank you thank you thank you for giving me this opportunity!
Triston had been attending Central Washington University, majoring in computer science. Triston has always been a very motivated and focused kid and when he got diagnosed our whole world fell apart. We don't have anyone in our family with cancer and it really felt like it came out of nowhere, his leg broke while on a run at college and he fell. They did an MRI and found the cancer. Although this has dramatically affected our family, we have felt God's presence in our lives and are so thankful for all the many blessing of strength, and comfort and just God's overall love for us during this.
WISH: Gaming Computer
My new new computer is GREAT!
It is such a blessing to see him happy! (Triston's mom)
I had been in college a month when I was diagnosed. The cancer returned and my oncologist determined that I would need 6 rounds of chemo & a leg amputation to best increase my chances.
This trip was amazing! Me and my family had such a great time exploring both Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons National Parks. We saw beautiful nature and were blessed with lots of wildlife. I want to thank the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation for making this experience possible. It was a wonderful change of pace and truly a blessing to my both me and my family!
I would like to start out by saying THANK YOU for making my wish come true! Nik truly is an angel. When I applied for Nik's wish, I was finishing up the end of my treatment and I wasn't exactly sure what lied ahead for me or for my family. This trip ended up being more of a "I kicked cancer's butt" celebration. My family and I are so thankful for Nik, for his wish, and for the volunteers that carry on his legacy. If it wasn't for Nik, this wouldn't have been possible for me, or for others to get wishes.
The wish exceeded our expectations. I never expected the experience or treatment that we received. Alaska was truly heaven here on earth. Most importantly, we made a lifetime of memories and new friendships with the Alaskan's. It's so hard to say what my favorite outdoor adventure was because it was all great. From the helicopter tour to all the fishing. it was Just amazing and beautiful.
We will always be thankful for Nik finding the "wish gap". I hope someday I can sponsor a family to do the same. My family has adopted the #LOVEWONcancerzero motto. It's a perfect fit.
Before I got sick I was very happy, social, and full of life. I started feeling very exhausted and fatigued which led to finding a mass in my chest. I feel stronger every day but I’m having a really hard time mentally trying to find ways to keep me happy. Family and friends have been my number one motivator. There is a music festival in Chicago called Lollapalooza. My friends and I have been talking about going for years.
We had the best weekend. I can seriously never thank you enough. We met so many amazing people!! Thank you for everything!!
When I was diagnosed, the year had already been filled with challenges for my family. I was in a car accident, my grandfather died, we lost our home and had to move to an apartment. I started chemo and had my leg amputated. I would love to go to get away from the day to day thoughts and doctors appointments. It would be an amazing gift!
WISH: Trip to San Fran & Yosemite!
This trip was truly incredible. It was such a blessing! We got to ride in a limo, fly on planes, go swimming, explore so many beautiful areas, play on the beach, eat lots of yummy treats (and ALL the seafood), and most importantly we got to just have some much needed family time. This trip was truly a blessing and came at such a much needed time. Nik's wish is truly a blessing to many and I am so thankful to be a recipient of their amazing blessings! We got to just live, forget about all we are going through, and have fun for a few days, and for that I am so thankful. I'm so truly blessed!
Leah never imagined that a back ache would lead to the discovery of a 10 cm tumor growing inside her abdomen. Fighting Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma did not stop her from exploring San Diego and celebrating the end of treatment!
"While attending the University of Arizona, I was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 19. Over the past 2 and a half years, I have had 100 rounds of chemo, spent over 100 nights in the hospital, and had over 20 visits to the emergency room. Fighting cancer during a pandemic made my cancer journey even more isolating. I have never been to San Diego and thanks to the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation, my dreams became a reality. My trip was everything I was hoping for and more. Nik's Wish provided me the opportunity to spend 5 days exploring San Diego with my family. We went kayaking, skydiving, and adventures around the zoo. It was the perfect way to celebrate the end of my chemo treatments and being cancer free. My family and I are so appreciative for this experience and everything the foundation does to support young adults fighting cancer .We had the most amazing trip!!! Thank you so so much for everything!!!!"
Christian began having knee pain during Taekwondo class that just did not get better. He was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and had to travel from his home in Alaska to get treatment at Seattle Children's Hospital. Gaming has helped him through treatments. His wish is to travel from Alaska to meet with his gaming friends in Marquette, Michigan!
Emily (middle) was a student at West Virginia University when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She started a blog called I Got The Cancer to share her experience for others going through the same thing. Her wish is to go to her most favorite place on earth - Disney World!
"We had the best time. Thank you so much for all you did for me and my family. We all really appreciate the lengths you go to to make sure individuals like me get something special!"
I am having the greatest, most awesome experience ever. I don’t even know where to begin! The yoga class yesterday was one of the highlights! Harmony was an amazing instructor, and doing yoga facing such a beautiful view was just magnificent!
We also went to an aquarium which was great! Today we did some more relaxing and swimming by the pool! I feel like I can just do this forever:)
Thank you thank you thank you for giving me this opportunity!
Jonathan is fighting Ewing Sarcoma with paralysis from cancerous tumor damage to his spine, but that did not stop him from having his Nik's Wish in Maui!
"Thank you so much for the efforts you put into making my wish happen. Can't thank you enough! It was a VERY special time."
Katelyn was just starting her job as a nurse and in the prime of her life. She got a chest xray to find an 18 cm mass in her chest and a blood clot and was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Her Nik's Wish is to find JOY in Hawaii!
"I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in October 2019 and found out that I would be granted a wish from Nik’s Wish right at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. I was granted my wish to go to Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii!
I finally got to go on my trip to Hawaii in May 2021 with my mom who is also a recent cancer survivor. We stayed at Aulani and got to swim with dolphins during our stay. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and was such a blessing. This trip really gave us the chance to unwind and just focus on having fun instead of thinking about cancer or COVID.
I cannot thank Nik’s Wish enough for this experience. What this charity does for young cancer patients is beyond wonderful. A wish like this is so magical and brings some joy to the lives of young people that have gone through so much. I know that I will treasure those special Hawaii memories forever. Thank you to the Kelli, Kathy, Veronica, and all the other wonderful people at Nik’s Wish for all that you do to brighten our lives!"
Katie is 21 and fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She has a long road of treatments ahead of her. Her wish is to forget about cancer for a while with a Nik's Wish to Kauai!
"The trip was so beautiful and so much fun. Thank you so much!"
PlayStation Game System
My life before I got diagnosed was very simple and it was easier living then. After I got diagnosed my life changed in an unexpected way but I'm getting through it day by day. It's hard now because I can't really do any of the things I use too. I can't come and go on my own and my friends and family don't really come around. life really hit me hard when I got diagnosed and it's been a struggle ever since.
What Nik's wish are you thinking about and why?
The Nik's wish I'm thinking about is a PlayStation game system because it'll keep my mind off of everything I'm going through.
"Thank you guys for making my wish come true!"
I just want to thank The Nik Foundation again for all that you've done. This has been a scary journey that we've had to face. Times have been very difficult for us financially and this was going to be the first Christmas that I wasn't able to buy my kids anything so this trip really means the world to us. Thanks so much and God bless each and every one attached to making a dream come true.
Meet Michael Tait
Cancer has changed the dynamic of our lives right now, but has showed us the importance of family.
My mother has been amazing during all of this. She is a single mom with five kids at home and works so hard for all of us. If I could have any wish come true I would want to use it for her to see a dream of hers come true... I would love for my family to be able to meet Michael Tait (the lead singer for Newsboys). She works so hard to take care of me, I would love to see one of her dreams come true.
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Bedlington Terrier puppy to care for
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(Haley explains why she picked a puppy for her Nik's Wish)
I couldn’t be more grateful to Nik’s Wish for all that they do – not just for me, but everyone. They gave me hope on those dark days, and Harley gives me something to smile about as I come out of all of this.
Video: Click Here for VideoI was so happy when my mom first told me I was getting a wish. I spent hours looking up cool places to visit in the United States and my first option was California because I had never been there but then Covid happened. During Covid, it was very hard to keep a positive outlook on life but then we got the green light to pick a new spot to visit. Right then I knew my family and I needed to relax on the beach. The trip was everything I dreamed of and more!! I got to experience new things that my family wouldn't normally pay for, for example, jet skiing, parasailing, and doing a dolphin cruise out in the ocean. I wanted to personally thank you for granting me a wish. I really appreciated getting this opportunity. You and the Nik's foundation have been so cooperative and open to my family. This trip was just what my family and I needed in this stressful, chaotic time. Thank you again! This foundation truly made an impact on my life!!!
I was going to college for about 3 weeks before I was diagnosed. I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the age of 18. Since I was 18, I didn't qualify for "Make A Wish" because I was to old. I lived at OSF children's hospital for 8 straight months, and it changed my whole life. I couldn't be a "normal" 18 year old and go do fun things with my friends. I missed out on a lot that I can never get back. I spent every holiday plus my birthday in the hospital, and it was hard because everything was different now.
The cruise was AMAZING! Best 21st birthday ever !! Thank you so so much for this amazing trip!
I was very busy working at 5 Below and Boys & Girls Club. Running around with friends all of the time. Spending time with family. Life now is good just haven't done the same things. Still greatful. Wish: A Macbook Pro for making music and for the schooling and a Jbl boombox to bluetooth the computer with the and play music
I am so excited. I can't thank y'all enough!
I was a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University who has just signed up for her fall semester classes. Life was going great. I had just declared my second major and signed a lease for a new apartment. However, I noticed something off about my leg. I researched and one of the possible things was cancer. I thought theres no way this could happen to me. Flash forward to 2 weeks later and I'm starting my first chemotherapy treatment, had to sublease my apartment, moved back home, and removed from school. Thank you for an amazing Disney Wish!
Build my own gaming desktop computer
My name is Nicholas and I was diagnosed at the age of 22 with Philadelphia Chromosome Positive, B cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I gave up my apartment, moved back home, and left my full time job as a fork lift operator. I needed to be at Yale New Haven Hospital for special treatment. I was told the type of cancer that I had would probably return if I only chose chemo. So I had chemo, radiation and a stem transplant donated by my brother who was a 1/2 match. As of now my cancer is in remission and I am doing well. I just got my first set of immunizations. I have always loved gaming, so my Wish was to build my own gaming desktop computer. Component by component, they were delivered to the house and I assembled my Wish! I am very grateful to the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation for granting my Wish! Thank you to everyone involved in spreading joy with Wishes to young adults with cancer. Merry Christmas to All.
A Room Makeover
My life change completely since I got diagnosed with breast cancer. I use to be active all the time, working hard & eating healthy. Since I found that I have cancer some of the stuff has change I been trying to eat more healthy than I was before & doing some exercise. Also trying to be super positive all the time. It hasn't been easy there is times that I feel like my body is super tired but I try to be strong all the time is not easy but I'm doing everything to not be depressed. I have all the support from my family & that makes me strong.
The room make over was fantastic! I can't thank you enough.
Wish Room Make Over:
Trip to Disney
I am Jimmy's hospital/oncology Social Worker. He has Down Syndrome, and was 21 when he was diagnosed with ALL. He and his family would be very appreciative of a wish trip; his brother was killed in a car accident earlier this year, and it has been a very difficult time for Jimmy and the rest of his family. Jimmy lives with his mother and his stepfather, Cassandra and Brian Foster. He is a big Alabama football fan, and always has a smile on his face. We would love to see him get to go somewhere fun!
Jimmy's Mom shared with us: Jimmy cried when we first got here. We guess he was happy. Tears of Joy
A Wedding Venue
I was enrolled in my first year of college in California for Business Accounting for my major. I was interested in getting my degree there and come back to Rockford, IL to work and live. While in CA, my sister and I got to be involved in our school athletics during the week and going to the beach with friends on the weekend. I love to go to new places and discover cool spots in Los Angeles or small beaches. My sister and I would spend our time watching movies with friends and getting coffee at new places and cities. I would often call home and get excited to come home on breaks. I was involved in serving at my church there and met weekly at my small groups leader's house for a bible study and fellowship. My time was mostly spent working at Starbucks and studying/ doing school work. If I had spare time, I loved to read books and water color paint in coffee shops in between studying.
My life after being diagnosed has been a lot of the at the hospital, which brings hard memories as many of my trips were challenging physically and emotionally. I have the most amazing support system in my family and my church. God has provided over and beyond what we needed in support from our church. Many families have sent meals and gifts cards fo gas, as I go to Madison for treatments. I live at home right now and am enrolled at the local community college to keep busy and slowly work towards getting my degree. During my third month of treatment, I got to travel to Washington to visit family on our vacation and see my sister get married out west. I have been serving in my church as a Junior High 8th grade girl leader, where I lead a small group when my health allows. My life is very busy and yet not, with treatment continuing and almost done, I am ready to take on more capacity at my church, work and school. God provided me with a very flexible accounting internship for me to work and make money while I am in treatment. I am undecided still about where, but I want to go on a trip with my family to Europe.
I could not have survived treatment without the support of my boyfriend and my family so I would love to experience something great with them and we all love to hike mountain trails and travel to new places.
Ocean City Vacation
Carly had a bump on her head and a CT scan and MRI were performed, and the original large tumor (atypical meningioma)had been growing rapidly. It was brought before us to just give Carly Quality of Life and make her comfortable. She is doing well, stable, monitored by neuro oncology, and I am now at home with her monitoring her every day. We have also just started fostering kittens. I'm thankful for the time we have together-it's something I've always wished for! I pray everyday that this just stops growing and we can return to another new normal. Our requested need would be a family vacation some place VERY warm. Carly LOVES to swim, and thankfully is still able to do so! She loves cats, social media, movies, eating breakfast out, coffee, and summer. Carly is 22.
Miguel's Oncology Social worker shared with us... Miguel has had a long course of treatment with multiple reoccurrences, and progressive disease. Miguel is a joy to work with and has been a light to our team. We hope Nik's wish can help make his wish come true.
Miguel and Rocco (the puppy) are doing so great! There have been the normal puppy hurdles, but Rocco has brought SO MUCH JOY to Miguel's life. Honestly, I think Rocco has prolonged his life. Rocco is also bringing a great deal of joy to Miguel's family.
We just appreciate you so much. You made magic happen, and I am forever grateful.
The power of LOVE!
Today's wish story is one that reminds us of how LOVE can work miracles. Earlier this year, Nik's Wish was contacted by Riley's Children's Hospital to help Andrew fighting Ewing Sarcoma with a wish.
Andrew wrote us;
I was a collegiate soccer player for Taylor University. During my senior year, I was experiencing knee pain. After scans, tests, and biopsies it was confirmed to be cancer. I started treatment immediately. I had gotten married, and started a life with my wife and two dogs in Indianapolis. My wife and I just came out of a super stressful holiday season spent in the hospital, and we would love some time to relax together before we jump into a new treatment. We arranged a Key West vacation, but then COVID hit.
The trip was cancelled, but CANCER CONTINUED. I reached out to him to see if maybe there would be a non travel wish that we could do for him to keep him smiling. He requested a deck be put in so that he could sit outside and feel the sun. Building projects are not typical for us, but neither is a global pandemic. The Nik's Wish board approved the wish request.
Home Depot graciously discounted the materials and we paid a contractor $1000 to start work. The job was to be finished in a week. We were off to a great start!
Then things took a turn. After delivering the materials the contractor made no progress and abandoned the job. I received a call from Andrew's wife and was expecting to get an update on the deck, instead with tears in her voice, she explained that she would not be able to take a wish picture wearing wish shirts as Andrew passed away. My heart sank. Andrew's grieving widow with a bunch of materials in her yard, no wish, no Andrew and just broken. I wanted to get this completed, but how? The previous contractor did not return the money. Would I try with someone else to be taken again? Who could I trust to help this family in need?
There is a network of Nik's Wish families... families that know all to well about this terrible disease.. that continue to support other Nik's Wish families in so many ways. Today I would ask for the help from Presley's mom who lives in Indy. We were able to arrange a virtual wish for Presley to face time with her favorite star, Taylor Kinney, from Chicago Fire before cancer took her life. Ashley jumped in immediately to help.
Ashley connected me with Bob. Bob had met Ashley when he was working on a project next door to them. Bob had a day when 70 things went wrong all at once. Ashley started talking to him and shared Presley's story. Bob returned to his truck and hung his head and asked for God's forgiveness -- his problems were nothing compared to what Ashley's family was going through.
Ashley reached out to Bob to ask if he could help us complete the deck (actually start the deck). Bob did not hesitate... he was there the next day to assess the situation. He worked into the night, during the rain and he refused to take 1 dime for the work. Thank you, Bob, from Hoel Roofing & Remodeling and Ashley for helping us deliver this very special wish.
Andrew's wife shared with us: Andrew had wanted this for a while, so even if he did not get to see it completed, it will be a great place to continue to honor him and celebrate his life for years to come. Thank you so much.
Trip to Kure Beach, NC for 19th birthday with friends and family
Molly received her diagnosis THE DAY she was supposed to be moving into the dorms her freshman year The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her wish to have family and friends visit her on the beach in NC.
From Molly, "I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for one of the best weeks of my life!!! I haven't smiled like that in a LONG time!!!"
Molly's thank you video: Click Here for Video
COVID-19 Virtual wish to meet Omarion
What we thought was a toothache turned out to be a tumor in my left jaw. After staying in and out of the hospital for a little over a year, 14 rounds of chemo and two surgeries, I was pronounced cancer-free. I was rediagnosed with a tumor in the middle of my spine and left arm. I am now undergoing 25 rounds of radiation in my arm and 25 rounds in my spine. Once my radiation is completed, I will be starting chemo once again to assist the radiation to kill the cancer. My mom is my caregiver and she's always making sure I'm being taken care of. I would love to do something for her and my sister as well as myself so we can have live one day without the worries of my cancer returning.
I just graduated high school and was about to start college. I found a lump on my ankle that kept growing. I have to have inpatient chemo every two weeks for 9 months and have to have an amputation. I would like a gaming computer to provide a distraction from chemo/cancer and my worries.
I'm so grateful for you guys. Like seriously thank you this means the world to me!
Diana’s thank you video:
I was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL). My family, fiancé, my two and half-year-old son at the time and I were absolutely shocked and devastated. My son is now turning four years old which means for almost 2 years of his young life I have not been fully capable of enjoying events and activities a healthy mother does with her son. As a mother, not being able to take my son to public areas such as the aquarium, zoo, sporting events or even the mall is a terrible feeling. Cancer has taken time and memories away from family and loved ones that I will never get back. After all my family has been through, I believe a respite will give my fiancé, son and myself a sense of joy and a feeling that for once in two years, we are a happy normal family. Cancer has not only affected me, but it has affected my fiancé and son as well. Seeing them happy is all I could ask for and I hope this short story will get us a well-earned wish that I've been dreaming about. Thank you
Tatyana was enrolled as a fulltime college student at UAB majoring in Education. She has a lot of close friends that she talks about often. She is also in a 9 month relationship with a young man that she refers to as "the love of her life" Providing support to this family is very critical at this time. Tatyana is really focused on making as many memories as possible to leave with her family.
Before my tumor, I seemed to be a fairly typical kid of my age. I played all kinds of sports, hung out with friends all the time, and just seemed normal. I had beat the germ cell tumor but by early the next year we found out it had come back. I was so lucky to have 5 years without treatment but then on my 5 year scan, the tumor was back. This time treatment was really hard and was not very smooth. We attempted the tandem stem cell recovery again but the second one I was catching a virus and my body rejected my own cells and I went into a coma. It was so hard on my family because they did not know whether I would wake up but eventually I did. Now in January 2020, my tumor is back again. It has been very hard to always hear that it is back and that this time there is no conventional treatment, but we still have hope. Mostly I want to spend time with my family, they are my best friends enjoy the beach and soak up the sun.
I was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma the day after my 19th birthday. Not having much relationship with my family I felt alone and scared. In the process of treatment I was brought to God. I had support from a wonderful family, the Groenwald's, whom offered me a home when I can no longer afford to live on my own. It was rough but they stuck through me. I was having a recurrence of my Lymphoma requiring the most intense treatment of this journey. The Groenwald's stuck with me through my bi-weekly hospital admissions. This trip has allowed us to have a break from cancer. I've never been on a plane or vacation in my life and it was unlike anything I've ever experienced. I'm so grateful for this opportunity to get away and spend a week with the people I love most. In two weeks I'll be starting the process of receiving a bone marrow transplant. I've been scared and stressed about this process but after having this trip, I'm ready. Thank you to everyone who made it possible for my family and I to have this enlightening experience!--
S. Carolina Adventure
I tested positive for the Epstein Barr virus, which turns into lymphoma because my immunosuppressants made it impossible to fight this virus. This PTLD happens in 1 % of renal transplants. My treatment consists of R-CHOP for 6 treatments. My dad is a farmer and my mom works with intellectually disabled adults. They do not make a lot of money, but do have insurance
We were able to take a trip to Hilton Head South Carolina for a few days. It was so good to get away and take a break from all that was happening at home. I didn't have to think about anything that happened in the last year. We did something everyday that was so fun and enjoyable. This gave us the opportunity to explore Hilton Head and South Carolina. I have never been on the east coast before so getting to experience that with my family was the best. I loved the weather and all of the activities that we were able to do. I am so grateful for the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation and what they did for my family. They went above and beyond for us.--