We believe that fighting cancer is not only a physical battle but also an emotional battle that can be helped through loving support. Unfortunately, most pediatric cancer support programs age out at 18, leaving a gap for college-aged (18-24) young adults fighting cancer. Nik found this gap and with your help, we can fill it!
Read the following Wishes in Waiting stories, then contact us to learn how you or your company can BRING JOY by funding one or more Nik Wishes.
Nodular Lymphocyte Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Before I was diagnosed with cancer, life was pretty good. I was just starting out in my job of being a nurse and I was working on finishing my BS of Science in Nursing. Your early twenties are supposed to be the prime of your life and I was trying to start my life an enjoy them! I enjoyed being outside, reading, and doing arts and crafts. About a year before I was diagnosed with Lymphoma, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to go through three surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment. The day that my mom got her PET scan results that she was cancer free, I got a chest x-ray and some other imaging that showed I had an 18cm mass in my chest and a blood clot. I was admitted to the hospital where I work for about a week and a half where I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma stage 2B and received my first chemotherapy treatment as an inpatient.I feel like after everything that me and my family have been through in the last year or so, we all need a good relaxing vacation and this wish would be something that we could enjoy as a family.
Triston had been attending Central Washington University, majoring in computer science. He had completed his AA degree in high school, via the running start program. 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 which is where they 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. What we would love for our family is a family vacation somewhere. We have 4 kids, and that isn't something that we could really afford on our own. Triston I think was thinking Disneyland would be fun.
At the age of 5 I started playing little league football and grew up to playing football in college. I went off to collage at Missouri Valley State college to play football as a freshman in 2017. While off in college I started experiencing some discomfort in my chest but I wanted to play football so I didnt say anything about it. My mom didnt let me go back to school when it started because she didnt want me to be that far away in Missouri and something happen to me. So one day the pain was so bad that my mom sahd she was taking me to the emergency room and thats when everything started going downhill from there for me. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer. I found out that my condition was getting worse. I was hospitalized twice for a week each time. I didn''t have any insurance which caused my wait to be on hold before I could start chemo. During my wait my condition was getting worse with started eating holes in my chest cavity. now I'm getting chemo every other week. I would love to be approved for this trip to be able to have some type of joy and fun out all that I'm going through. Thanks so much.
Ewings Sarcoma Relapse
Josh's back started hurting again and we found that the Ewings returned to his thoracic spine. More surgery, a new chemo protocol and another 6 week stay out in Philadelphia for radiation. We are currently in round 7 of a proposed 14 round protocol this time around. We wanted to reach out to apply for a wish for Josh so that we all had something positive to look forward to. Josh has expressed a desire to visit New York to visit some historical sites. He is a big history buff. He found a speakeasy in New York that existed during prohibition called The Back Room. He talks about it frequently, how interesting it would be and what a unique experience it would be to visit. He also has expressed an interest in seeing the play Hamilton. Our request would be that we could have your help in putting something like this together so that we as a family have a positive experience to look forward to and plan for.
I was working and going to college and had gone to the Marine recruiting office thinking I may go that route. I love baskeball; watching and playing it.. Lived a very active life style. As for now, I am still paralyzed from cancerous tumor damage to my spine and in a wheel chair.
The music therapist, has been having me do some song recordings during my hospital stays and I thought it might be fun to try to record some songs in a recording studio.. maybe even as some recording with some of my family.
Vanessa was just recently diagnosed with colon cancer; she has a genetic condition (familial adenomatous polyposis) and also had medullablastoma as a young child. She was in special education and prior to her diagnosis was active in day program and a work program; she has had to leave all of that behind to treat her new cancer diagnosis. She had a surgical resection and now has an ileostomy and is getting chemotherapy. Her life changed completely and she has struggled to get the confidence to go out and be active again. She has a loving and supportive family. Her mother has quit her job to be caregiver. This diagnosis has been devastating to Vanessa and her whole family; it would be wonderful for them to be able to share something fun together.
I was diagnosed for the 2nd time and this time 3rd stage. I want to just get away with my family.
Kyah was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma two weeks before her high school graduation. She was able to walk across the stage for graduation and have her graduation party before she started her chemotherapy treatments. She has been an amazing inspiration through her chemotherapy treatments. Her life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed. In high school, she played varsity tennis and varsity soccer. She was offered several scholarships to play in college. She was unable to leave home for college.
She is currently attending college online. Kyah would be very appreciative of any assistance she can receive to help her experience some happiness.
Donalen is a 21 year old newly diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma. She resides in Alaska 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.
T cell ALL
Just less than one month after turning 22 I began to feel sick. After many visits to the doctor and a chest x-ray, I was informed to immediately head to the hospital for scans. I took CT scans, PET scans and biopsies and it was confirmed. I was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia).
Everything in my life began to change. I had to quit my job as a graphic designer and stop all the normal activities. I wasn't that young, innocent and carefree girl anymore.
Its been close to a year now that I have been on constant chemotherapy treatment. With Gods help and a warm smile on my face, I was able to take it day by day and focus on becoming a hero. I am slowly starting to feel back to myself and do things that make me feel normal. I spoke with my oncologist who said that the treatment will continue for another two years.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia
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. I finally got to ring the bell back in June, and now I am considered in remission! My life now consists of getting back on track and working. I plan on going back to school in the spring to become a Nurse.
The year had already been filled with challenges for my family. I was in a car accident in January. My grandfather got sick isn't he beginning of Feb and my mom had to go to Boston to be with him. He died a week later. During this time, we lost our home and had to move to an apartment on the 3rd floor. I started chemo and had my leg amputated in June. We finally moved from the apartment to a house. My mom can't work extra hours because she is with me at the hospital a lot and she struggles with day to day bills. I would love to go to the beach or an Alaskan Cruise. I want to get away from the day to day thoughts and doctors appointments. If we could get help with this, it would be an amazing gift!
Relapsed Ewings Sarcoma
I was 18 yrs. old and had been in college for 1 month when I was diagnosed with my first round of Ewings Sarcoma. I was in treatment with chemo for 10 months with radiation to my right leg for 6 weeks. I was declared in remission and was able to return to college and complete 3 semesters before the Ewings Sarcoma returned in my right leg. My oncologist team determined that for this round I would need to have approximately 6 rounds of chemo and an amputation performed below the knee of my right leg to best increase my chances. I am however hoping that my family and I can take a respite vacation from all of this in Lake Tahoe and spend some quality time together where we are not focused on my needs, health, and dr. appointments. I would love to be able to give them something. Thank you so much for considering this request.
My life took a drastic turn when I was diagnosed. It seemed that in a short span of time my life changed. The reality was that I was diagnosed with AML type Leukemia. Adjusting to life with a central line in my chest was not ideal at first. Just imagine having a wire hanging out of your chest and having to take extra precaution to not tear it out by mistake. Before starting treatment I had long hair that nearly reached my shoulders, and a neck-beard that I was very proud of. Now I'm just bald everywhere. When hanging out with friends or family, I felt as if nothing changed. My nephew for the first few months was afraid to even touch me because of all the precautions his parents gave him about my immune system.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Brendan was starting his life when he was diagnosed with leukemia. Even though he is legally an adult, I cannot imagine someone his age going through this without the support of his parents. He was in the "very high risk" category, and chemo didn't work for him. Several nurses have told me that it's much more difficult for young adults to go through this treatment than for the younger children that they usually treat. He was just starting his, and then everything had to be put on hold. It would mean so much to him to be able to take a family vacation to Hawaii. He has always wanted to learn to surf. (Brendan's mom)
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
I was diagnosed a couple weeks before graduating from high school. I was hoping to get a part time job after graduation and start going to Rock Valley Community College to get my associates degree. Now my life is on hold until I'm well enough to get back to "life.? I am so confused about things right now that I don't know what I want to do. I just wish I knew what it was I wanted to do. I will not be done with all of my treatments for a couple more years so I hope I have time to think carefully about what or where I would like to go. Thank you so much!!!
Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma
We traveled down to Arizona State to drop him off at school. The call from our doctor came three hours after arriving in Arizona. We immediately returned home for staging tests and treatment. The most difficult thing right now, is just the feeling of not having anything to look forward to day after day. We would love to take him somewhere that he could enjoy a new scenery. (Jacob's mom)
I was a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University who had just signed up for my fall semester classes. Life was going great. However, I noticed something off about my leg. I researched and one of the possible things was cancer. I thought there's 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. Coming home while all of my friends are in college is one of the most isolating things in the world, on top of going through chemo. I would not have been able to do this without my family, especially my little sister.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Emily was finishing her freshman year at Southern Illinois University, studying dental hygiene and running cross country and track. She started feeling very tired and achy and went to the health center on campus. She was sent to St. Louis to Barnes Jewish Hospital where she received her first stem cell transplant. After 8 months there she went home to Indianapolis, under the care of Riley Children's where she then relapsed. She had her second stem cell transplant after many failed attempts at other methods. She then relapsed and traveled to Seattle to receive Car T therapy. Currently, she is in remission and trying to gain her strength back. She is currently enrolled in a Health Science program with IUPUI where she is taking classes online. She would enjoy going somewhere that has a lot of sights to see but not requiring a lot of effort to see them.
Stage 4 Hodgkins lymphoma
I was a normal teenager working hard as a welder on the Great Lakes ships. I love spending time with my dogs, my family, and I am an avid hunter and fisher. My journey with cancer started with back pain that would not go away. I had tumors in my spine, cervical lymph nodes, my sternum, and in my spleen. Since my diagnosis, I don't take anything for granted. I realize we can be here today, gone tomorrow, or have our lives changed at any moment. I try harder to eat right, praise Jesus, and enjoy the little things because before, I wasn't starring death in the face or afraid for my life. After being in that situation, it changes you
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
I was 19 yrs old and about to live my dream to attend the Univ. of AL. The day prior to moving from MN to AL, I began to experience extreme back pain. I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). I feel I have lost everything that I have worked so very hard for. Social media has been a double-edged sword. It allows me to connect with my friends back in MN, but I also see the fun they are experiencing at college. I feel trapped, away from my support system, and isolated inside. My mother and father see this loss and try to keep my eyes forward.
ACUTE T Cell Leukemia ALL
I was diagnosed with acute t cell leukemia. I went to the doctor because I thought that I had a cold. But through their tests and scans, I found out I was actually sicker than I thought. A wish provided through this foundation would greatly benefit me and my family by helping me to look beyond my means and beyond my world of needles and getting blood. I feel that it would help me to know that other places exist and thrive.
During my freshman year of college, I was diagnosed with 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. I resorted to an experimental drug trial. It has been challenging but I am grateful that I have such a loving and supportive family. My wish is to take a vacation to Hawaii with my family and enjoy some stress-free, quality time.
Christian is an active 21 year old with high functioning autism and 4 time taekwondo medalist began having knee pain. He was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. I had no idea what that was at that point. Christian has been thinking and realizing a little at a time just how this is going to affect the rest of his life. He jokes around asking about a return or exchange policy on his body and how to go about getting a new one. He is wanting to meet with some of the people he socializes with online via discord and video games.
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
I was a computer engineering student at Purdue University. I was playing all sports at the time such as basketball, baseball, soccer, and volleyball. After the diagnosis of Myeloid Leukemia, I suffered mentally and physically. Reading was completely taken away from me. Until this day my reading is still only a percentage normal reading speed. Engineering classes were way too difficult. Almost all of my muscle was stripped from me. I know that this trip would allow my family a chance to celebrate all I have overcome throughout my cancer and transplant journey.
My daughter was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. since then it has been an ongoing fight. She's had two major surgeries, several small procedures, multiple hospital stays and 50+ emergency visits. It has been a devastating and painful ride and I just want her to experience some joy.
Philadelphia Positive Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Last year I was diagnosed with Philadelphia Positive Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Before I got sick, I was living on my own and working full time as a forklift operator. Once I was diagnosed, I had to leave my job, give up my apartment, and move back home. He had to have a stem cell transplant donated by my brother. I look forward to when I can go back home to work and live on my own again. I would like to upgrade my gaming gear. Thank you for considering my wish.
Alex was diagnosed with T-Cell ALL, at the start of his sophomore year of college at UAB. In a few short days, he went from a college student to a cancer patient at Children's Hospital of Alabama. At the end of his frontline treatment protocol, he developed a systemic fungal infection that led to multiple ICU stays on a ventilator, acute kidney injury, over 100 transfusions for a pulmonary hemorrhage, and moments when he was not expected to survive. He has been through so very much and deserves a trip to celebrate his triumph over leukemia.
I graduated from East Aurora High School where I ran track & cross country since middle school. I started to train for cross country season in college. I noticed a little ball in my left hamstring which was growing. I found out it was a tumor in my left leg, Ewings Sarcoma. From that day on my whole life changed including family and friends around me. I immediately started chemotherapy and had to leave school and running until this nightmare was over. However, I have stayed really positive and strong despite all the tough days that would push me to my limits
Non Hodgkins Lymphoma
I was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma at 19 yrs while at the Univ. of AZ. Prior to my diagnosis, I went to classes daily, played tennis three times a week, and spent time with friends. I never imagined that a back ache would lead to the discovery of a 10 cm cancer tumor growing inside my abdomen & pelvis. For my Nik's wish, I would love to take a vacation with my family to California. Cancer has had such a big impact on me and my family that it would be nice to escape from reality
I was a college student majoring in communications and playing college soccer. Two weeks from my move in date for my senior year, I was to be a captain on the soccer team and the officer of the Brotherhood in APO for bonding activities, I was diagnosed with cancer. Life is now a whole new chapter. Now, many of my friends are at school, including my younger brother. I'm fighting a whole new battle this is unfair beyond measure. Life is now physically and mentally painful in new ways. Living an increased dependent phase of life on others, my parents drive me everywhere I need to go. A Nik Wish may provide support for me because a group can support one another's fight and success in the battle against cancer. I've always wanted to visit Hawaii and see Pearl Harbor.
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 schooling and a Jbl boombox to bluetooth the computer with and play music. And to record.