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

2015 Annual Gathering

On May 4 about 100 people came together at the Shenendehowa High School East’s Little Theater to celebrate the volunteers, families and staff from The Melodies Center. Dr. Vik Kanwar, Rob Saba and Angie Silipigno spoke about the strength of the foundation and how many patients and families have been helped. The Family Hope Bags continue to be a positive reminder to newly diagnosed families that they are not alone. Many families from The Melodies Center attended the event and it was wonderful for the volunteers to be able to connect with them.

Stephen Cammarata, President of Nick’s Round Table, presented Katie Collins, co-VP of Nick’s Round Table with the Teen Volunteer of the Year award. Katie does an amazing job organizing events and getting volunteers for events, running the group’s Relay for Life team, attending most events and fundraisers and really connecting with the children. Katie has a generous spirit and is a huge inspiration to this group.

Ann Frantti presented Diane Lange with the Volunteer of the Year award for her dedication to Nick’s Round Table and helping to run a children’s craft program last year. Diane is always volunteering for events and is very giving. Annette Romano awarded Laura DaCunha with the Volunteer of the Year award for her diligence and great work with continuing Nick’s Comfort Bags. It’s a large job to organize the bags and get volunteers to shop for teens in the hospital. It’s one of our favorite programs and Laura takes it to heart.

Two new board members have recently been added to the board of directors for Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation. Jason Weekly will be handling an annual Golf Tournament—this year scheduled on September 26 and Jessica Munson will help with fundraisers and grants. Welcome!

We have so much to be proud of and so much work still left to be done. We continue to grant most of the money raised with only 4% in operating expenses. The benefits to our families are amazingly clear. The board of directors wish to thank everyone for their hard work and continued dedication helping our children fight cancer.

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Download the 2015 Annual Meeting Financial Slides