Upcoming Events

Thank you to everyone who attended Nick’s Run to be Healed 5K. It was a beautiful day filled with laughter and families
coming together. 

I come to this event today noting the significance of the miracle that is before me. The first two miracles are my two sons, Nick
and Stephen. I was blessed to have Nick for 13 years and Stephen will be turning 21. I see so many children who have battled
cancer, are currently battling, or are dealing with the secondary effects of their disease. I see families like mine who lost their
child to cancer and are struggling to understand how life can continue without them. It takes so much more than medicine to
heal a child. We want them to lead a fulfilling and healthy life, both physically and emotionally. I remember the first day I met Ali.
We were standing by the elevators of the Melodies Center. His family and one of my friends are close so we made that connection.
Ali showed me the chemo shirt that he was given by another foundation. He only had to unzip it and the nurse had access to his
port. He was so excited by this. Every time I saw him he would make eye contact and greet me by my name with a big smile. Ali’s
family and all the families that take the time from their children’s battle to walk, run, raise money and awareness teach me the
power of miracles and that through
giving back we heal.

 

We are a team that keeps growing. No matter what your child is diagnosed with, it’s that common fear of the unknown that
paralyzes us. The need to know that others have walked in your footsteps and have prevailed makes events like this so powerful.
And to keep growing, to keep bringing support where it is needed most, we branch out and connect with other foundations. Like
Maddie’s Mark, Catie Hoch, Kelsey’s Promise, Nicole’s Hope, Green Drakkoman and Ballsfest. We connected with JP Honsinger’s
family who have teens that want to give back to children with life-threatening illnesses, so they came to our Nick’s Round Table teen
meeting and helped prepare for this run. We are a community of connectors. When one of ours struggles, we band together. So as
we grow and Nick’s Fight ventures into more areas of emotional support like our yoga and writing programs, we will ask others to
take on some of what we have brought to The Melodies Center.                       

 

Our children are at the heart of our mission. Coming together like this with the common goal of healing our children and supporting
their siblings and families emotionally, financially, and socially will not change. It will get stronger and more impactful. Thank you to
everyone who worked so hard for this event. My board of directors, the volunteers, the families, the Town of Clifton Park, the EMS,
police department, fire department, and our sponsors. But I especially thank Ali and his family who have taught me that no matter
where you are, with love, hope and faith, you can get through anything.

 

 

 

2018 Race Results

Financial Support

We provide financial assistance for pediatric cancer patients. This can include help with bills, food, gas, basic essentials, medical costs, etc.

For financial assistance contact the center's social worker Courtney Hill at (518) 262-2875 or child life specialist, Angie Silipigno at (518) 262-4679.

Chloe Pet Therapy Dog

Chloe is a special maltipoo (maltese/poodle mix) born on 12/13/14. With such a special birthday, she was destined to do great things! She has been with her human family since she was 3 months old, and it was immediately apparent to her owners that her sweet spirit and gentle disposition needed to be shared with the world. At 8 months old, Chloe began training to be a therapy dog. She quickly progressed through basic obedience and then earned her canine good citizenship certification. In December 2015, at the young age of one, Chloe trained for and passed her therapy dog certification. She has been actively working since then through her affiliation with Therapy Dog International (TDI). Chloe loves her visits with all ages, but has a special place in her heart for children. She especially loves being the official therapy dog of Nick's Fight to be Healed Foundation where she brings support, comfort, and affectionate kisses to children battling cancer at The Melodies Center at Albany Medical Center Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital.

Flow to be Healed Yoga Program

Developed by Karen Patchell, NFTBHF Board members and Registered Yoga Teacher started Flow to be Healed program on February 17, 2017. Any child being treated at The Melodies Center can participate with Karen. Fun games and simple poses empower a child to develop tools that help them move and use breath and focus to take their mind off any distractions or discomfort. Yoga improves their self-confidence and heals mind, body, and spirit. Karen’s visit vary. For more information, contact Angie Silipigno, child life specialist at 518-262-4679.

Nick's Comfort Bags

Whether in the clinic or hospital for a day or weeks, we provide teen comfort bags to pediatric cancer patients (ages 10-25). These may include fun distractions such as DVDs, books, video games or cozy socks. We also like to personalize them to each teen and work with the clinic’s Child Life Specialist to make sure the teen comfort bag is unique to each patient. Comfort bags are donated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Albany. Special down pillows are provided through Luke’s Legacy—a program created within the foundation in memory of an amazing teen, Luke Romano.

To request a comfort bag for a pediatric blood cancer patient, contact the center's child life specialist at (518) 262-4679 .