Eli from PA, Fighting Neuroblastoma
Standburg Prog 6 Guitar
Over the last 14 years of being in treatment, I've missed a lot of school and spent several years traveling back and forth from our home in Little Rock to the hospital in Philadelphia so I could receive treatment. I was never able to play sports in school so my interest turned to music. I got my first guitar 6 years ago. 2 years ago we moved permanently to Philadelphia. We moved away from my school, our family, and all of my friends. Playing guitar has been a constant companion, a way for me to express myself, and has been very healing for me. I've starting writing my own music and my goal is to be able to produce my songs. My wish would be to have my dream guitar, a Strandberg Prog 6, a MacBook Pro to run production software, and the equipment that would help me record and produce my own music.
Noelle from WI. Fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia
I was in the happiest place on earth when I got my diagnosis. My family had just arrived for our week-long DisneyWorld vacation that we had been looking forward to for months. We drove 18 hours from Wisconsin to Orlando eagerly awaiting our magical vacation! It's a moment that I'll never forget. Sitting at a bird show watching my mom break down into tears on the phone when they told us that I had AMLIts important to me that my family does not always associate the happiest place on earth with the hardest time in our lives. That's why for my wish, I am asking for another chance at a Disney vacation with my family.
Jazmyn from SC, Fighting Synovial Sarcoma
New York City
When I was 19 (last year), I had a l lump on my upper thigh that kept getting larger. When I finally went to the doctor, I learned that I had stage 4 synovial sarcoma that had spread into my abdomen. I had to have multiple surgeries and a lot of chemotherapy/radiation. I'm still getting treatment now but my doctor said I can travel and he think it will be good for me. I've been so sick and I just want a break. I really want to go to New York City. I've never been there and I hear it's awesome. I want to sightsee and be able to go into some of the famous stores and ride in a carriage in central park. I just really need a break. I'm sitting getting treatment now from yet another infection.
Breanna from KY, Fighting Rectal Cancer
I was 22 years old with an almost 2 year old daughter when I was diagnosed with rectal cancer. I struggled alot with being a full time mom to a wild two year old and also focusing enough on my health to beat cancer and be there to watch her grow up. I was so lucky with the support system I've been blessed with. My boyfriend has stayed with me every step and side effect of the way.
I would love to be able to somehow celebrate beating cancer and all that my body has been through. It's amazing to look back on and I want to look at it positively. But with bills pilled up, medical and otherwise, that's something that's not in the cards. My wish would be to take a trip out west with my caretaker and boyfriend and get to enjoy nature and see parts of the country I haven't been able to.
Katie from PA, Fighting Myeloid Leukemia
In March 2013, after ignoring my symptoms for months, a hematologist/oncologist walked into my room at the emergency department to tell me and my parents that I had leukemia.
Now that I'm in the early stages of recovery, my family still has a lot of adjustments to make to keep me safe and healthy. My mom has been with me every single step of the way, spending almost every night in the hospital sleeping in a lounge chair so that I would never be alone. My dad works so hard and would come see me every night. He would cook me my favorite foods and bring it in for me while he ate hospital food for dinner just so he could spend more time with me. My twin brother literally saved my life by donating his stem cells to me, an experience that involved a lot of needle pokes and uncomfortable side effects. My 13 year old sister had to deal with my mom being away from her for so long, which is so hard at her age.
Erin from PA, Fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma
She was diagnosed with stage 4B Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the age of 22 during her Junior year of college. She is a vocal performance major studying opera at Seton Hill University in Greensburg PA. Erin had planned to go back to college for the Spring 2019 semester, but unfortunately, we found out at her 3 month post treatment PET scan that her HL had returned. She has now undergone 2 of three additional chemo sessions and is currently on the path for a stem cell transplant to occur at the beginning of April. She has been through so much......she has amazed me with her strength and grace. Most of the time she has a very positive attitude, but this diagnosis and reoccurrence has been very scary for her and for all of us.....it causes a lot of anxiety! Erin just wants to return to her old life, but it has been put on hold until she beats this cancer.
Isaac from NY, Fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
The need of a respite or vacation for cancer patients cannot possibly be overstated. Everyone agrees that people need a break from their nine to five job every so often and I don't believe that the average job is anywhere nearly as stressful or unpleasant as being treated for cancer. The need is especially great for young adults at an age where a person really needs their friends. For many of us, cancer causes serious difficulty and distancing in some of our most important relationships at a time when we need them the most, understandably leading to even more emotional turmoil. And it isn't just the patients themselves that need breaks but the caregivers and loved ones need it as well. I didn't get cancer, WE got cancer. My mother was definitely just as emotionally stressed as I was at times (probably even more so) and my dad too.
Jerri from AR, Fighting NK / T Cell Lymphoma
Jerri has always wanted to swim with dolphins and go to Florida with all her family. She wants to swim with dolphins with her siblings. We unfortunately had to get into savings from our recent diagnosis treatment. We would love a chance to take that trip to Florida and stay on the beach with our family. Jerri also has wanted a Macbook forever and it was something we wanted to do for her graduation, she would be happy for one for sure because I don't think we can afford it at this time anymore. She missed out on so much her senior year she's diagnosed with this rare cancer and was hospitalized on her 18th birthday. I just want to see my girl to see some light at the end of this.
Shannon from CA, Fighting Lymphoma
Austin City Music Festival
My name is Carissa Menard, and I am Shannon's sister-in-law. I had Leukemia when I was a teenager, so when Shannon was diagnosed with Stage 3 Lymphoma a month ago I was devastated to know the suffering and emotional pain she and our family were about to go through. When I was going through my treatment, I was eligible for Make-a-Wish since I was under 18 and it was one of the only blessings of my treatment and something that allowed me to look forward to something. It was a powerful emotional motivator. I came across your organization and saw that Shannon would be eligible for a wish through your organization and instantly knew this could be an amazing motivator to increase her sense of hope during this time
Sara from IL, Fighting Gray Zone Lymphoma
My name is Mary Maxey and I would like to apply for a wish on behalf of my daughter Sara, she would never apply on her own. My wish for her is for her to be able to have her dream wedding gown. She met a wonderful young man, Miguel Ramos. Miguel fell in love with her while she was very sick, but didn't realize how serious it would turn out to be. They maintained a long distance relationship for almost a year throughout her treatments. He traveled to Chicago to be with her during one of her chemo treatments. After all they had been through in the past year he surprised her with a marriage proposal in July of 2017.
Isabella from IN
Meet Luke Bryan
"I was a college student at Indiana University- Purdue University, Indianapolis. I was a tourism, conventions, 4 event management BS. My diagnosis really shook my world. I went through a lot of anxiety, isolation, jealousy of my friends living and fulfilling their dreams, emotional strain, and I questioned everything. My cancer is terminal and the doctors have given me 6-12 months to live with chemo.
My biggest wish would be to see Luke Bryan in concert. He is one of my biggest idols for years. He has been given so much sadness and tragedy in his life. He has lost his brother and sister, yet he continues to pursue his life, ambitions, passions and has raised not only his own kids, but his sister's kids as well. Seeing Luke Bryan would bring me closure and be at peace when I die knowing how hard I have tried to achieve my dreams"
Joseph from NJ, Fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
I still cannot believe it.After graduating from Stockton University in 2017 with a degree in Criminal Justice, I was accepted into the Ocean County Police Academy. Becoming a police officer was my life's dream and I worked hard in the Academy. 10 days after being sworn in as police officer I was told I had cancer.
My favorite things to do are spend time at the beach, surfing and fishing. I miss it.I wish I could take a trip to a beach and catch a fish, and perhaps a wave.
Max from FL, Fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Golfing in Hawaii
Max was diagnosed with AcuteLymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.). He had to take a medical leave from the University of Central Florida, where he was starting his studiesto become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Golf is his absolute favorite thing to do when he has some free time. Even though Max has been strong and upbeatduring this whole process, we could see that he was upset that he has missed out on so much.
Brittany from MI, Fighting Neuroblastoma
A little bit after my birthday and before Christmas I was diagnosed with a rare cancer. I was told not to work or go to school and focus on my health. It is really hard when i was the only one working in my family trying to take care of my little sister and mother. My mother is a paranoid schizophrenic and has been for years. We have never let having less keep us down. We are a strong and proud family but it has been very hard to try and have a normal life lately. Anything really helps, weather it be a donation or life experience me and my family would be very thankful.
Cinthia from PA, Fighting Medullablastoma
I am studying Recreational Therapy at Temple University. I was diagnosed with medullblastoma and I have been receiving treatment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) since then. I received 6 weeks of daily radiation, and I am currently doing chemotherapy. I am reaching out for a wish for clothes and a shopping spree. During my treatment, my body has changed a lot and I am learning to accept my body the way it is, but my clothes have stopped fitting well. Wearing new clothes would help me feel more confident. I am working with my therapist to start an Instagram to empower other women going through cancer treatment.
Sydney from FL fighting Ovarian and Peritoneal Cancer
My wish was amazing and full of so much joy and happiness. It meant so much to me to be able to visit somewhere I have never been and be with my family as well. My wish was able to connect me with my brother again for the first time since the pandemic which was amazing. Overall it was just such an incredible experience full of so many different activities that I've never been able to do before. And it was also a way to celebrate and symbolize the happiness in completing my treatment only a few month before. I can't show my thanks and gratitude enough, everything was truly great.
Mason from AR fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia
After battling cancer since early 2019, Life has been stressful for, not just me, but my family as well. Which is why I am thankful for this wish to visit Disney World with my Dad and younger siblings. It allowed us to forget about our worries for a while and remember what it was like before. It was well worth it in the end not just to see the sights but to see the looks of relief and positivity in the faces of my family. I'd like to thank those at the foundation once again. This meant so much to us
Joshua from MI fighting Ewings Sarcoma Relapse
Florida Beach Time
We are so grateful for your entire team and what you do. 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.
Auburn from FL fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Life felt normal and I was able to live free without my life revovling around a whole bunch of Doctors Appointments . Now that being diagnosed with cancer i dont know a life without trauma and doctors appointments.
What Nik's wish are you thinking about and why?
I would like to go too Branson Missouri because ive heard so many great things and they have a huge amusement park and beautiful scenery!
Isaiah From MO fighting Mesenchymalchondrosarcoma
This was just the best experience and I really appreciate you and everybody over there from the bottom of my heart --
Giogionni from FL fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Before my diagnosis i was about to leave to the navy to become a construction electrician. i live alone with my dad and my service dog nikko. before this we were traveling the United states helping and supporting homeless veterans with ptsd, As my dad is a disabled veteran himself..i was working out every day and eating a 1200 calorie diet. this situation im in is only a bump in the road that i will overcome. After diagnosis i feel hopeful and im just taking every day at a time. cant do much do to chemo but my wish is something u guys can help me overcome this.
What Nik's wish are you thinking about and why?
i was thinking about a gaming pc. gaming is something to take my mind off the world and just levitate really. it will help me as will going thru chemo i cant workout or do any extraneous activities. i never really had a gaming pc and it would make this whole situation and coping with it so much better so i would really appreciate it and thank you.
Matthew from MN fighting Medulloblastoma
: Alaska Halbut Fishing
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! That was an absolutely perfect trip!!!
Victor from NJ fighting Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma
: : Disney Land
We had a wonderful week In California with the Family all together. Going forward also we would like to support the Foundation! You have taken such great care of and shown great concern for our son!
We can't thank you enough.
Alex from AL fighting T-ALL
I cannot express how grateful I and my family are to Nik's Wish and other contributors. Our trip to Disney World and Universal was one that will never be forgotten, and helped us to remember not only the trials that I faced and overcame and why I should be thankful, but that many people that find themselves in the position that I was once in are not as fortunate as I. Receiving this trip meant the world to us because it felt like we were officially able to celebrate my perseverance in overcoming cancer, and it meant so much more after all the unfortunate delays that kept the trip postponed. Again, I cannot thank you or the donors and contributors enough for making this wish a reality. Nik's Wish was a truly great experience, and I am so glad that there will be many more young adults like myself in the future that get to experience such a great act of generosity like this one. Thank you so much, and God bless.
Samantha from UT fighting Ovarian Cancer
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.
Elijah from IL fighting Spindle Cell Sarcoma
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.
Madison from IL fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Puppy - Oliver
I always saw online people receiving wishes & donating to people who deserve them. I never know what it really did for people, until I was one of them. I've said this a million times after being done with treatments, you never know what it's truly like until you are put in that situation.
I contemplated for so long what I would truly want as a wish. When I sat down with my mom, we talked about what's something that can be a positive reminder of what people have done for us & what is something that can be a happy reminder of what we all went through. That's when I decided, I would love an "Oliver" ( my new best friend and pup).
I was overwhelmed with the kindness that the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation provided for my family and I. They were so excited to pay kindness forward and make a difference in my life! There's not enough positive things I can say about this foundation.
Receiving a wish is more than just something materialistic, It's the idea that people are so giving and want to give you happiness in a dark time. Oliver makes such a difference in our lives & also strangers that we meet. People light up when they see his little tail wag and greet them. I think that's what's beautiful about the wish I received. He gives puppy kisses and hugs to everyone around him. He is such a people person that he doesn't understand personal space yet. However, he provides laughs and smiles to people around us. We spend lots of time outside playing in water, gion on walks, and playing around with toys. You never feel alone with Oliver. He reminds you he's there whether he is getting into something or squeaking his toys.
Because of my wish, I have something to look forward to & get out of bed for. It's a love I never knew I needed until he came into our lives! I can't thank everyone enough for what they have done for all of us & all of the people who graciously dontate. The foundation truly makes a difference & makes this world a better place!
Max & Arthur from IL, Fighting Melanoma
Chicago Bulls Night
Max and Arthur - brothers diagnosed with Melanoma enjoyed a cool night at the Chicago Bulls Game!
Alec from IL, Fighting Neuroblastoma
Vegas - Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen
Alec just turned 21 and his wish was to go to Vegas! His family had an awesome time at Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen and received an autographed menu!
Amanda from IL Ewings Fighting Sarcoma
Disney Trip with Family
"The opportunity made me appreciate the time with my family more. I'm with them every day, but not necessarily "making memories" Taking time is important and shouldn't be overlooked or pushed to the side for another day. Time should be made now in the preset! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart"
Bea from IL Fighting Paraganglioma
New York City
Bea shared with us -- "Visiting New York had always been one of my dreams. I knew that I was destined to go one day, if I worked hard enough for it. Unfortunately, earlier this year, I received the worst news of my entire life, a cancer diagnosis. It put a halt to life, as I knew it. I had to give up a lot things, including my dream of traveling. ... Nik's foundation decided to grant my "wish. "I felt blessed, and that cancer didn't take everything away from me.
Chandler from TX, Fighting Ewings Sarcoma
Drive a Nissan GTR
Chandler and his father had a great time today. They took this brand new GTR for about an hour today and didn't even get a ticket! Thank you all for you did to make this blessing happen!
Dominique from IL, Fighting Ewings Sarcoma
Family trip to Sea World
"Everyone had an excellent time and cancer wasn't on anybody's mind. The trip made me even more grateful for the times I get to spend with my loved ones"
Drake from CA, Fighting Synovial Sarcoma
Family trip to Disney
"I spend most of my time at home between treatments waiting for my body to heal. This makes me feel really isolated, knowing that most people my age feel invincible and can't relate to what I'm going through at all. My family is very supportive but the stress is starting to get to them too. This respite allowed us to have a time together to feel normal, without the stress of cancer. Thank you!"
Dwaine from IL, Fighting Sarcoma
Honeymoon in Florida
Dwaine and his fiancée had a wonderful time in Florida - taking a much needed break from cancer!
"This trip provided lasting memories that we can hold onto no matter what the outcome of the present situation will be."
Jack from IL, Fighting Ewings Sarcoma
San Diego Surfing
"I'm no health genius, but I didn't need an MD to understand what came out of his (the doctor's) mouth next: "Jack, you have cancer." Quick and painful like a Band-Aid, the room was so silent .... I am terrified because I don't know what comes after this. What comes after life with cancer? The only thing that has gotten me through this experience has bee my family and that includes my girlfriend... There is nothing I could do to repay them for all that they have done for me and how much love I felt from them every hour of every day....I would like to go to San Diego to see the zoo and relax on the beach. Just enjoy family time not thinking about how cancer has changed all of our lives."
Jake from IL, Fighting Spindle Cell Sarcoma
Zip lining over Gators!
"I am grateful for the vacation that the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation helped my family and I receive. It was tremendously fun and offered my family and I chances to go to new places and enjoy new experiences. Most importantly, though, it offered a break from the chaotic life style we had to deal with going to and from the hospital all the time. I'm glad we had such an opportunity to spend time as a family and to out and enjoy ourselves. This foundation really does a lot of good for a lot of people. Keep it up! Thank you"
Josh from PA, Fighting Ewings Sarcoma
Family vacation to Florida
"I think everyone who is battling cancer ( and their caregivers) "hit the wall" at some point. Well this respite gave us something to look forward to and enjoy in a carefree way! We all came back re-energized and closer than ever!!! ... Ready to face "the scans" and their outcome." "Your wonderful foundation helped make it possible for our family to take the trip of a lifetime with our son Josh, a Ewing's Sarcoma survivor. We could never thank you enough!! God bless you all!"
Kim from IL, Fighting Breast Cancer
iPad Air Computer
"The iPad air would be helpful to me when I have long doctor's appointments and when I go back to school (hopefully to become a pharmacy technician. "
Liela from IL, Fighting Neuroblastoma
Family trip to Disney
Family trip to take a break from cancer! What an incredible time for us to celebrate the end of treatment.
Max from IL, Fighting Melanoma
Family trip to Disney World
Max's five year old daughter exclaimed, "This is going to be the best day in the whole world!"
Michael from IL, Fighting Leukemia
Foundation gets some help from generous donators to bring big smiles to young adult cancer patients at Lollapalooza!
Nate from UT, Fighting Alveolar Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Trip to Cali to visit family
"I had been falling into a routine that wasn't very productive and hadn't been getting out much because I was tired and sore. I really needed to get out of the house and this respite worked out perfectly. It was good for my dad because he got to visit with his mom and brother. We had a really relaxing time. This trip was great, please make sure to give as many people as possible this opportunity. This respite impacted my outlook on everyday living - I learned that giving is good!"
Nicole from NJ, Fighting Ewings Sarcoma
Trip to the Jersey Shore
"Cancer not only affected me, but the loved ones around me. My mother and brother were put under a lot of stress. This respite provided relaxation for them. We made amazing memories we will never forget! Thank you so much"
Paul from MA, Fighting Rhabdomyosarcoma
Celebration of Life Party
After a year of bad news and uncertainties, I want this birthday party to be a celebration of life. It will be my first real birthday celebration ever and also serve as my "coming out" event . Also, I know it will be a well deserved break and moment of peace for people like my mother who has quietly struggled while staying strong to support me.
Robert from MN, Fighting Ewings Sarcoma
Family trip to Florida
This opportunity impacted us beyond words! It really helps you appreciate the smallest of things in life. At the initial diagnosis we didn't know it would ever be able to sit on the beach as a family. My son absolutely loved every aspect of the trip - he still talks about it daily. It really meant al lot to be able to fully focus on him and us for a full week without have to leave him for appointments.
Shawn from NJ, Fighting Hodgkins Lymphomia
Trip to Dollywood
"I needed a break from being stuck in the hospital doing chemo. We had a chance to just relax and not worry so much Thank you all so very much!"
Stephanie from PA, Fighting Ewings Sarcoma
Family Trip to Disney
"I truly hope you realize the miracle you provided for this special young lady. You provided her with a trip and activities that she would never been able to experience without your generous gift...When she returned from this trip, her smile came from deep within her heart. I have never seen her this happy in the 15 months she has been receiving treatment...May God bless you all for this healing time for Stephanie as she was able to forget about her disease during this special time with her parents."
Uhura from IL, Fighting Cell Sarcoma
Trip to New York City
I had to take medical leave from college due to surgery and chemotherapy. I have had a difficult time finding a job because I am not able to consistently commit to a schedule due to my treatment. I rely heavily on my friends and family for support. I think a trip to New York City would be a break away from the cancer for my family and me. f haven't had many opportunities to travel and explore parts of the country that I want to see because of all of the medical treatment that I have undergone over the last several years. I also think that this trip will provide me with the opportunity to spend time with my family outside of the hospital and my treatments.
Veronika from MA, Fighting T cell Lymphoma
iPhone 6 & Wig
I was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma last year and have been in treatment ever since. It has affected my life in every way possible. I haven't been able to work or go to school or do anything else because I've been getting so much chemotherapy. ... I have a three year-old daughter who I need to live for. ... I am asking for help to get a wig because with the ... I think it will also be nice for my daughter to see me with hair, even if it's a wig. I am asking for a cell phone because mine just broke and now I don't have a way to talk to my family easily and I can't text my relatives and friends who give me emotional support"
William from PA, Fighting Ewings Sarcoma
Family Trip to Disney
"Our family respite was a wonderful experience with a myriad of emotions, many smiles, much laughter and some tears. We returned home with renewed vigor and drive to help Bill confront, battle and, excuse my words, KICK CANCER'S ASS!!!! Regarding the photo, Bill was not aware of your logo at the time the photo was taken. However he was quite insistent of having that picture taken. I hope I'm not out of line for saying this, but It too brings a smile to my face to think that maybe Nik was somehow an influence."
William from IL, Fighting Hodgkins Lymphomia
LSU vs. Gators Game
"My husband and I can't thank you enough for putting a smile on our son's face. It's the first genuine smile we've seen in months. It was so refreshing to have the brothers together for this event also. I must admit that when we were on the field and we saw how overjoyed William was as the players ran on to the field we both became overwhelmed with emotion and joy ourselves. More than a few tears fell but for the first time in a long time they were tears of joy"
Nate from UT, Fighting Alveolar Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Freedom with a chairlift
Nate needed a way to get down the stairs so he could spend time with family --- this cool chair did the trick!
Amanda from IL Fighting Ewings Sarcoma
New Year's Eve in Chi Town
Enjoying New Year's Eve on the Roof Top in Downtown Chicago with family and friends.
Drake from CA, Fighting Synovial Sarcoma
Lollapalooza Weekend in Chi Town
Rocking good times at Lolla! Drake and sister Kristen get to spend time together celebrating being cancer free!
Jesus from PA, Fighting Testicular Cancer
Hi my name is Jesus, i am 21 years old. I was a student studying Information technology and also a young adult chasing my dream before i was diagnosed with cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer effected me and my family in many ways, it brought us together but it also effected us financially and emotionally. I wish i can take the family to Disney world so they can take time off stressing and the real world.
The trip was great! Me and my family had so much fun. Thank you so much for everything.
Brad, PA, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
I really enjoy listening to music (which has helped me get through my treatments) and going to concerts. My enrichment would be to meet my favorite band Metallica. I've been a big fan of theirs all my life, I think it would be really cool to meet them.
I wanted to thank you and your entire foundation for providing Brad (and his dad) with the trip and experience of a lifetime!! The whole experience was surreal and SO SO SO much appreciated!! The concert alone would have kept Brad on cloud 9 forever, but meeting the band was insane! The memories of this experience will definitely get him through the tough bumps along the way with his treatments! We cannot thank you enough for your thoughtfulness and generosity!
Jake, IL, Spindle Cell Sarcoma
Jake had to commute 2 hours to get to the hospital for treatment. He needed something to listen to music and take his mind off of cancer. Mini iPad to the rescue!
Katie, IL, Pancreatic Cancer
Honeymoon in Hawaii
We cannot even begin to show our appreciation for everything that you have done for us. The whole thing went without a hitch and was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. We had such a great time that it was almost hard to remember to take pictures some times! Thank you for everything!
Joshua, VA, Ewings Sarcoma
Family Trip to Disney
"I want to make a once in a lifetime travel memory with my dad and go to these parks to share epic times with him.
Krystal, IL, Rhabdomyosarcoma
Meet the Dixie Chicks
I am turning 21 and I have a hard time lately accepting the fact that I can't do the things that my friends can do....One of my favorite bands ever since I was a little girt is the Dixie Chicks ... the opportunity to see them perform and to celebrate a happy time in my life would be incredible and something I would be forever grateful for!
OMG!!!!!! You guys created one amazing day/evening for Krystal and all of us. So memorable for a life time. We are still recovering!
Mary, RI, Ewings Sarcoma
Swimming with Dolphins
This has been extremely difficult for the whole family since we need to hold down our full time jobs, tend to her needs, and care for her younger brother. I imagine this has been particularly hard on her 10 yr old brother who is lost in the shuffle and spends his weekends in the infusion lab or her hospital rooms. Yet just like Mary, he never complains. I would love to see them take a relaxing fun vacation together. She always dreamed swimming with the dolphins. I hope you can surprise her with the trip of a life-time. She deserves it!
Zak, IL, Hodgkins Lymphomia
Deep Sea Fishing - Anna Maria Island
An opportunity like this would give me a chance to fulfill one of my dreams and get away for every day things and help me enjoy this life I have been given even though over the past couple of months I have gone through one of the biggest obstacles I may have to ever overcome.
We all had an amazing time! Everyone caught so many fish!!! It's been truly amazing! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Paul, MA, Rhabdomyosarcoma
" Even with a degree in English and I am still at a loss of words for what you have done for me. When I was first diagnosed, I couldn't believe it and my first response was, "God will get the glory out of this regardless of the situation." ... Fast forward two years later, and although the physical was tough, the mental fight is even tougher. . It reminds me of Nik's poem, "The Fight." and how right he was about how this can consume you if you let it. Watching my mother and Isabel smile throughout this trip was priceless and you gave us a well needed break during a crazy transitional moment. God Bless you and the work you do! It is meaningful and important."
Josh, WI, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Josh's cancer diagnosis has impacted his independence and excitement about young adult life. The family has expressed concerns about the future and wanting to have time to relax and enjoy their relationships.
Josh is an amazing you man - family vacation together to relax and enjoy each others company!
Derek, IL, Squamous cell carcinoma
World Champions Cubs Game!
OMG! Derek is so happy that he started to cry!!! That is going to be something that he really needs!!! Again, Thank you very much!!
Sean, PA, Ewings Sarcoma
Hamilton Broadway show AND Meeting the Cast!!!
It means the world to me! THANK YOU!
Anna, IL, Synovial Sarcoma
Anna was diagnosed with metastatic Synovial Sarcoma in the late Spring of 2016. On Father's Day - to the dismay of the everyone, a green smiley frog ball was kicked 70 feet high into a tree. After countless attempts, the ball refused to come down. Fast forward through six months of grueling cancer treatments to late January 2017 where this beautiful young woman waits to go to heaven. As her life is coming to its end, her father jokingly asks her, "Anna, on your way up to heaven, would you mind getting the ball out of the tree?" Anna passes into God's loving arms, but she keeps her promise to her dad - they woke up to find the green ball down from the tree. Thank you Anna
Eileen, VA, Ewings Sarcoma
Feet in the Sand!
"My husband was laughing at Eileen and I tearing up and saying.. this is real! This is just amazing! My family can not tell you how much this means to us. Eileen has been feeling so good and is going for her second set of scans the day before we leave. Her hair is coming back and her PT has made tremendous progress with her legs! Feet in the sand will be her PT!"
Caleb, WI, Ewings Sarcoma
I was diagnosed with Ewing's. I had been having a lot of back pain 6 months prior and had even visited the Doctor for it. However, it was deemed unimportant and frankly was ignored. After 6 months I demanded an XRay and sure enough- the scan led to more scans which lead to my diagnosis of Ewing's Sarcoma. My main tumor envelops my right shoulder blade with mets to both lungs. I underwent 30 rounds of chemotherapy, 41 rounds of boosted radiation to tumor, lungs, and neck, and finished my year of treatment with a Stem Cell Transplant. I was declared NED this past spring! I am now 9 months NED following my December scans!!!! :) (big deal because Metastaitc ES has a 30% survival)
Toby, LA, hondroblastic Osteosarcoma
Spruce up my CAR!
I was diagnosed with Chondroblastic Osteosarcoma Bone Cancer in my heel bone and the doctors are saying it's too bad to go in there and save my foot and then have me in pain for the rest of my life. So they will amputate in October 5th below the knee. Chemotherapy for 9 months and after that I should be good to go. Thank you for your help and keep my mother in your hearts as cause she is going through a lot with my step dad having a stroke and me.
Abby, MA, Epithelioid Sarcoma
"Last December, I got really sick out of nowhere and had to go to the hospital. I was then diagnosed stage four Epithelial Sarcoma. Every day that I fight for my life, the illness tries to rid me of my faith, confidence, spirit, self-esteem and sanity. Very recently, I was told that the cancer has spread to everywhere; from my breast, lungs, tissues, bones down to my legs. Every day I wake up and I am in pain; however, I still have some fight left in me and would like to use it wisely. From day one My whole family support me through everything. My family is my Everything."
Domingo, TX, Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia
Honeymoon at Disney
I want to thank you guys of the Nik Ritschel's foundation for everything. My family can't thank you enough for what you've did for us. This trip means so much more than just a trip, we were in a part of our life that we needed a rest from everything that's been through lately..God always has got our back in the good ones and in the bad ones... but for this and so much more for giving us a chance to enjoy and relax our honeymoon! When I was in Disney and I remembered what you guys did I always got emotional because I couldn't believe everything, I didn't imagine in a million years this was a real thing, I never imagined this would actually come true! I've never won anything in my life and to get something like this... leaves me speechless. I cant put to words how grateful I am for everything you guys done, I'm still trying to figure out if everything was a dream! Bless every single one of you guys in the foundation."
Jamie, CA, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Before I was diagnosed I had plans to go t college and explore life. I am a very happy person. Things are different you couldn't do some things that you wanted to do. My parents and brother have been with me since day one. I think a vacation would be wonderful to get away for a little and enjoy life. We all need some
day to relax.
Terrane, MI, Breast Cancer
Awesome time at Universal Studio's!
Thank you so much.
Kiara, PA, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Shhhh... there is a wish in the making and it is a surprise! Can't wait to see the family as they reunite with this young adult cancer patient!
Stewart, WI, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
"Wearing Nik's shirt tomorrow for luck when I get chemo again." Join me to offer prayers for all fighting cancer
Melanie, MA, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Room Make Over!
Smile today knowing that you took 1 step to help young adult cancer patients like Melanie! Her wish was to redecorate her room with a cool new day bed, xbox, and tv! Helping to make her treatments a bit more comfortable.
Mookie, IL, Sarcoma
Meet the Chicago Blackhawks
Mookie's mom shared with us, "It was fantastic! We have never been to a Blackhawks game. This will never be forgotten. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!" Big Shout out to #33 Scott Darling for Taking 1 Step to make this young adult cancer survivor SMILE!
Christopher, IL, Ewings Sarcoma
I graduated high school in May of 2016, wanting to serve my country I swore into the Navy two weeks later all I had to do is wait to go to boot camp. Unfortunately I found out that I had been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing's sarcoma at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago IL. I then started chemotherapy in late July and continued until October 2nd to have my tumor removed on the 20th of the same month and started chemo back up on the 17th of November. Now all I have to do is start radiation and after radiation go to the university of Chicago for a stem cell transplant. Hopefully after that being able to go to boot camp to become a nuclear engineer on a submarine for the US Navy.
Jay, IL Sarcoma
FANTASTIC weekend at Lake Shake in Chicago for this young adult cancer patient! He even got to meet Dylan Scott
Christopher, FL Ewings Sarcoma
NYC & The Book of Mormon
"We had such a great time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Chris had surgery today to remove some cysts that they wanted to check but feel its a result of the radiotherapy. He is now home and working on all the pictures he took to send you."
Santiago, MA, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
I came here from Colombia to work and start a life; I was working in a restaurant when I became very sick and was diagnosed with ALL. I haven't been able to work since I started treatment and have to depend on my girlfriend and the family that I have around here. My mother died and my father lives in California but I have aunts and uncles here who help as much as they canSince becoming sick I've been getting chemotherapy. Lately I've had to take a lot of steroids and they make my face very round. I'm not very comfortable going out, I'm tired all the time, and I really miss being active like I used to be. Back home in Colombia I was on the national cycling team at one point. I worked on farms and wanted to be a veterinarian. Now I'm at home almost all of the time because of my low immune system. I think it would be great to have a drone to be able to see things from up high; it would be a good distraction for me while I'm in treatment.
Kaitlin, OH, Acute Lymphonic Leukemia
Disney Christmas with Palm Trees
My life was awesome! I was a senior in High School. I got really good grades & an awesome scholarship to the college I was going to attend. 2 days before my senior prom, I was diagnosed wil Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It was a whirlwind. Cancer took a lot, but it didn't take everything. I AM STRONG! Stronger than I ever knew. I will fight this everyday until I "Beat it."
I would love to hear the ocean and see the palm trees or go to Disney
Murray, NY, Ewings Sarcom
NBA All Star Game
Love finds a way in this amazing story!!! While working on a wish, we called to inquire on purchasing some tickets. Unknown to us we were speaking to a sibling of a young adult fighting cancer who just happened to be the person answering the phone that day! Needless to say, he went home and told his family about the Foundation. His mother shared with us, "Your organization is so amazing and truly inspiring. My son Murray has not been this excited about anything in a very long time. "
Elizabeth, IL, Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma
Disney for the Family
I went to the hospital for stomach pain. After I got a CT the doctor came in the room and showed me the scans. There was 30+ tumors spread between my liver and my lungs. It took 5 long months to finally get my diagnosis. EHE (epithelioid hemangioendothelioma) a rare form of sarcoma. In that moment my world was turned upside down.
My family's life's got turned upside down. And when I found this foundation. I got so happy there may be a chance to take my kids somewhere with no doctors or sick mom. Somewhere warm with water and maybe Mickey Mouse. Somewhere that we are just a normal family again. Cancer is draining physically, mentally, and emotionally. All of us need a vacation from cancer.
Christine, NY, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
meet Sam Hunt
Getting to meet Sam Hunt for her birthday was a dream come true!! Her mother wanted to express how very grateful she is and how excited Christine was when she received her box of goodies for the trip!
Kyle, IL, Ewings Sarcoma
Life is a gamble. You never know the hand that you will be dealt. Some people strike it rich when the dealer deals his cards. Some don't. Some fold right away. Some, like me, fight that crappy hand and turn it into a winner.
No, I am not a gambler. But Las Vegas is a cool place, a fun place. So, my wish is for a trip to Las Vegas. I have always wanted to see Penn and Teller. My mom and I went to Las Vegas when I was 8 and I wanted to see them then, but I wasn't old enough to see their show. I wouldn't mind seeing a comedian; I think all of us could use a big laugh. Most of all, I would really like to eat at one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants. My mom and I have watched Hell's Kitchen for years and we both really like him.
My wish is take family with me to celebrate in Las Vegas style when I am declared cancer free and that should be in December. I know that by then, this crappy hand that I was dealt will be turned into 4 Aces and I will walk away from the table leaving Ewing's Sarcoma as the loser.
Charlie, NJ, Ewings Sarcoma
I graduated from High Point University on May 6th as one of the few people in my fraternity to have a job all lined up ready to go, I felt great...I had routine Doctor appointment ... the Doctor calls saying there is a 10.4 cm mass in there and we don't know if it is benign or aggressive at this point... I just knew I didn't have cancer there was no way that could happen to me... I was finally diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma.
Fast forward to today, my hair is gone, and I am through my first round of chemo therapy with my next one starting in a week.
When I found out about Nikolas Ritschel I got so excited. You hear all the time about foundations doing great things for people but when you become that person they reach out to, it's a feeling that sort of leaves you weak in the knees. Having a trip or some sort of relief planned to look forward to would not only give us something positive to continually talk about with friends and family constantly checking in, but it would provide us with a nice day dream, which I do a lot of, when the times get tough and I am feeling sick. I have learned a positive mindset is the key to a good bill of health and when you take into consideration all the people that have done everything they can to help me, make me comfortable and happy, that mindset is not only easier to get but owed to all of those individuals.
Annie, ME, Synovial Sarcoma
Yellowstone National Parks
I'm a 23 y/o Physician Assistant Studies graduate student who was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma approximately 3 months ago. Being a college student, funds were getting tight toward the end of this past spring semester (our program does not allow for a job during the semester), so I was counting on my summer job to allow me to save up some money to travel during the second half of the summer. During finals week however, severe pain brought me to a podiatrist who ultimately discovered my cancer. The first month of summer I spent hopping from appointment to appointment in a distant city and the months to follow have been eaten up in radiation and exhaustion. I'm still undergoing treatment. I wasn't able to do many fun things this summer because of money. I'm hoping that the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation can help inject a little reprieve & fun into my life! Throughout this journey, my boyfriend has sacrificed so much time to take care of me, he even made it to every single one of my radiation treatments. We've found ourselves spending a ton of time outside. Being outside in the sun and feeling the wind on my face has been an important form of therapy for me... It makes me feel alive. My dream would be to camp in or around Yellowstone National Parks. Reconnecting with nature fills my soul more than city lights ever could.
Thank you for considering me
Drew, FL, Spindle Cell Sarcoma
Drew was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta and at the age of 19 has been diagnosed with Spindle Cell Sarcoma.
His wish is to have a Disney Cruise!
Carter, IL, Melanoma
Beach time on Captiva Island
"Much love back to you all! We can't wait to meet you and get involved with Nik's wish! What a special foundation carrying such blessings of love, hope and joy! God is so good.
Patrick, PA, Ewings Sarcoma
"Patrick witnessed a rainbow that was the shape of a circle in a spot that was completely remote. Said it was very spiritual .. Meant for him to see... You have made us smile a lot. Seeing him happy, laughing and so in awe of God's creation is a gift."
Daniel, IL Testicular Cancer
Train ride through the Grand Canyon
Danny is a 21year old man who happens to have Down syndrome. On the day of diagnosis our family whirlwind started. He was scheduled for surgery 4 days later to have his testicle removed. After many doctor appointments trying to determine what course of action was going to take place to cure him and eradicate the spread of the cancer to his lymph nodes, it was decided to go with 3, 2week rounds of chemo. By the grace of God it seems that the things that were of concern have shrunk in size and he is to have bloodwork in 6-8 wks to monitor and to schedule a CT/PET scan in 6-9 months.
Danny loves train rides, so he would like to go on the Grand Canyon Railway Train in Arizona. It would be a great family celebration after this year.
Juan, MA, Hodgkins Lymphoma
New computer to help him complete High SchoolI started treatment for my lymphoma in Puerto Rico, where I am from. I was working (as an actor in plays) and getting my treatment until Hurricane Maria. The hospitals were no longer working and I couldn't continue to get the chemotherapy so I had to come to Massachusetts where a great aunt of mine took me in. I have to start my life over here in Massachusetts because there still isn't good medical care in Puerto Rico. I'm planning on learning English, getting my GED, and am going to start to look for work as soon as my doctors say I can. It's been really hard to be separated from everyone and to be dependent on family I don't know as well. I am hoping to get a laptop to help me study English and get my GED
Sara, CA, Hodgkins Lymphoma
I was interning at the Department of Human Services when I noticed a lump in my neck. After a couple of test my doctor found cancer. I was broken. I had just graduated College and was starting my life. I had double majored in Human Services and Spanish. It was always my dream to help others. I live by the motto: The greatest form of humanity is doing something for someone else that can't do anything for you in return. I NEVER in a million years thought I would have to fight so young. Losing my hair was one of the hardest things ever, but also one of the easiest. I'm happier in a way. I see life as a precious gift. "Life is the best ticket to the greatest show on earth". I finally understand this quote because it's true. I've never been as happy and content as now. Who would've thought. One of my biggest wish is to visit Disneyland with my family and stay in the Princess tower. Belle is my favorite princess.
Sophrona, UT, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Sophie has been bravely fighting leukemia and enduring chemotherapy for the past 10 months. She was in her senior year of high school with an agreement to play college soccer the next fall when she was diagnosed. Since then, her life has been put on hold while all of her friends went on senior trips, started college and began adult life out in the world. She has done her best to keep her chin up and has been very positive through all of it, but watching everyone around her live normal full lives while she has been home and hospital bound has been difficult.
We would love to provide a family trip somewhere where she can feel like a normal person for a minute and rejuvenate. Most of the programs we see are for children under 18 and she had just turned 18 when she was diagnosed, so she doesn't qualify for any of those.
Bailey, AR, Hodgkins Lymphoma
I was a normal nineteen year old enjoying life. I just started my Sophomore year in college and working a fun part time job. I went to my parents and showed them my swollen neck. I had not been feeling well for a while and it was starting to affect my daily life. I was fatigued and loosing lots of weight in a short amount of time. We scheduled a biopsy surgery on a lymph node in my. We got the call that I have Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Due to my illness, my doctors thought it would be best if I dropped college until further notice and my job is being held by my kind bosses.
Raul, IL, B Cell Lymphoma
Before I was diagnosed, I worked as a security guard for 3 years. I was about to start a new job as a fraud investigator for UPS. Granting me this wish would allow me to get away from chemo and forget about the 4 months of treatment.
Deysi, MA, Sarcoma
I was diagnosed with metastatic sarcoma in June. I have lesions in my brain and my lungs, my liver and pancreas and bone -- all over. I had brain radiation and now am starting chemotherapy at Dana-Farber in Boston. It takes two hours for me to get to the hospital from where I live. I can't work any more and depend on help from my boyfriend and my family. I am tired a lot and can't go out alone too much but everyone has to work so I am home a lot. I have lost a lot of weight since I got sick. I'm asking for an iPhone to be able to talk to my family and have something to do.
Shakeria, FL, Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor
Before I was diagnosed I was in college full time to be a teacher. I loved to go out and have fun with my family. Now, a lot of my time is spent getting treatment and being home in bed. For the last year and a half, my family have been traveling an hour and a half from our home so that I can get my treatment. A lot of my time has been spent in the hospital. After such a long treatment, my family and I would love to have a fun family vacation to relax and celebrate my completion of chemotherapy.
Peter, MN, Astrocytoma tumor -Gliomat
Pete is unable to speak or write, so I am submitting this for him (his mom, Sandy) Pete just turned 24 in the hospital. He graduated the business school at the University of MN-Twin Cities in 2016. He studied very hard and landed a terrific job right out of college working as a Business Analyst in Management Information Systems. He had a seizure at work and was rushed to the ER. We took him to Mayo Clinic where we got the devastating news of Peter's tumor, the rare nature of it, and the high grade. It is inoperable and he began radiation/chemo right away.
I can't begin to express how much this awful disease has impacted all of us. We appreciate the opportunity to share Peter's story. It's a sad one, but warriors never stop fighting. It just takes a lot of energy and you take it day by day. Sometimes hour by hour. We are very tired. We would love the opportunity to get away to sun, sand and beaches. Spend time together outside of hospitals and clinics. So we could laugh and forget even if just for a short time.
Paulo, AR, Aveolar Soft Part Sarcoma
We traditionally spend the week of July 4 in Pensacola, Florida every year, pretty much stayed at the same hotel and everything. I started saving money at the beginning of each year for this. My son was diagnosed with cancer. We are from Little Rock, AR and the treatment is at MD Anderson in Houston, TX. We go to Houston twice a month, 3-4 days per visit twice a month. To make it short, the money for vacation is all used for treatment and not enough. My son last week requested to go back to Florida like we always do. My heart crushed. We don't know how can we afford that on top of medical trips and bills. If you can make it happen for him, please do so. He graduated with Professional Pilot Degree, Summa Cum Laude. He is in the top 10 Seniors of Oklahoma State University. He wanted to be a Pilot since he was a little boy. He worked so hard in all his school years so he can reach his dream. ( I can't write anymore, my tears are flowing like crazy right now.). I never saw myself asking assistance from anybody...but now, look at me...I'm doing everything for my son...
Amber, MI, Hodgkins Lymphoma
Road Trip to TN
When I received that unexpected phone call, I did not realize at the time how much it would affect my life. I was in shock. At the time, I was currently 33 weeks pregnant. After the delivery, I was not able to be at home all the time with my newborn to enjoy and fully recover, like how I had envisioned. My life was instantly thrown into a world that was new, scary, and full of the unknowns. Within just over 2 weeks after I delivered my baby, I had to jump right into the testing, surgery to get my port in, and start chemotherapy.
It has been hard dealing with cancer and trying to keep up with all of the special moments with my newborn son. Going on a trip would give my family and I the opportunity to take a break from the emotional and mental strains the diagnosis has caused. It would be an absolute blessing to be able to spend time together somewhere and make new memories in the midst of a difficult journey. I would love to go on a trip to Tennessee with my whole family. It would help us to feel a sense of "normalness" for a little while and to get away from cancer.
Jenicka, CA, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
I am a 23 year old nursing student who just got diagnosed with Stage 2 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I have been happily married to my husband for a whole 1 year!! LOL but we've been in love for almost 10 years.. When I was diagnosed, we were told that there was a 50% chance that the chemotherapy that I will be starting (R-CHOP) will put me into menopause resulting in the inability to have children.
Christopher , NJ, ALL
I was a senior in college taking my final exam, when I went to the hospital with fatigue and severe muscle pain. I went to Robert wood Johnson hospital in new Brunswick, NJ. A bone marrow test confirmed that I had Acute Lyphoblastic leukemia high risk. I was rushed to the ICU due to severe low blow pressure and pulse. I was induced into a comma and my mom told me I had bacillus due to rice or protein. My body faced kidney and liver failure because I was facing septic shock but after the medication brought down my stats I than faced another infection which was yeast. After 3 weeks in the ICU I returned to the hematology floor where they continue my chemo gradually as my body tried to heal. I was facing rehabilitation due to my inability to walk and swallow. I went to a rehab facility for 4 weeks in between being returned for a high fever. I finally went home and went to outpatient facility. I am still in active chemo till but planning to graduate college from Rutgers Busch campus and my major is Economics. I am a fighter and very determined.
Armando, IN, ALL
Train ride through the Grand Canyon
Before I was diagnosed I was isolated and much of a lone wolf. I didn't appreciate life as I should have been. I could care less about anything even my own health. I was just being me. The day I was diagnosed things changed. I was numb. I stayed strong and kept a positive mind set. I hit remission and my views of the world changed. I began to appreciate every bit of life. I bought a Canon rebel 100 and began capturing every beautiful bit of life.
Then my brother, mother and grandfather died and I relapsed. I went insane. Everything that happened threw me in a dark pit. My friends helped me. We chilled and listened to LOGIC. Please send us to the concert.
Sophia, CA, Lymphoma
I was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer and I've spent the last four months at NIH hospital for having a bone marrow transplant and I've had six surgeries in the past and now I'm just recovering. I would like to be able to go see my favorite k-pop group BTS with my friends .
Andrea, MA, GIST, Sarcoma
I was 22 years old. It began when I woke up one morning with a strong pain in my stomach. At first it was tolerable, but after a few hours it became much worse. They had found a mass between the stomach and pancreas, which had broken, causing internal bleeding and pain. A month later, they gave me the results of the biopsy GIST. When you hear the word "cancer", you immediately relate it to painful processes until you get to death. When I received the news, I had my family at my side. I felt anguish and fear, but that was something I could not show because I had to be strong for them. I must confess that when I heard that the type of chemotherapy I would receive would not make my hair fall out, I felt very relieved. I know that was not the most important thing, but I think that as a woman that kind of thing comes to matter a lot. At this point in my life, I just wish I could live even 1 day without thinking about cancer. Due to my treatment my hair is turning gray, weak and short. I like to use makeup, but I do not know what type of makeup to use since my skin is also changing. I would like to have my hair long and with a nice color, live a day of shopping and for that day I do not have to worry about anything. I hope you can help me
Lucas, IL Osteosarcoma
I was in the beginning months of my senior year in high school and applying for college. My dream is to become an actor and perform on Broadway. I was really confident in myself and knew I was growing as a performing and becoming a better actor. During Joseph and the play, I felt a bump right under my knee and it became harder and harder to move around. I got an MRI and was told I had a tumor then got a biopsy and was diagnosed with bone cancer. I never broke a bone or sprained anything in my body and this was the first major medical incident in my life. I was devastated. I just had auditioned for the school musical and was given the lead but had to say no because of my diagnosis. I had to cancel my college auditions and decline my college acceptances as well but am going to community college first to get my gen. eds. and save money as well. My whole childhood I grew up loving Disney and couldn't get enough of it. I would love to go back to Disney World as well as Universal Studios and go on a trip with my family and boyfriend and free my mind from this experience.