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Nick’s Round Table

The members of Nick’s Round Table are local teens who want to make a difference in the lives of other teens battling cancer. They fill Nick's Comfort Bags and that are given to young adults in the hospital, purchase DVDs and video games for the clinic so kids can be distracted while receiving treatment. They also collect holiday items in December for the clinic's holiday shop and help patients select a gift for themselves and family members. These young adults raise awareness and educate their peers about a cancer diagnosis and help those with cancer get through their journey. This group meets monthly and is open to students in 6th grade through high school, as well as young adults. Meetings are in the Clifton Park area. For more information or to join the group, @nicksfighttobehealed. Also join Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation fan page on Facebook for updates.

Board Members

Sarah Collins—President—Senior, Shenendehowa Central School

Benny Nezaj—Co-Vice-President—Senior, Shenendehowa Central School

Grace Isaksen—Co-Vice-President—Senior, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake


Central School

  • Sara Bawla—Secretary—Freshman, Shaker Central School

  • Jack Murphy—Fundraising Chair—Sophomore, Christian Boys Academy

  • Claire Isaksen—Media/Arts & Crafts Chair—Freshman, Burnt Hills-Ballston

Lake Central School

  • Kaitlyn Gilbert—Volunteer Chair—Junior, Shenendehowa Central School

  • Board of Directors Liaisons—Ann Frantti, Annette Romano, Kim Carter


Interested in Joining?

Everyone from area schools in grades 7-12 is welcome to join Nick’s Round Table. We meet on the third Monday of every month unless noted. Meetings include planning for upcoming fundraisers, prepping Family Hope Bags, packaging holiday items, and other programs to help children during their cancer journey.

Sign up for text updates about upcoming meetings by texting @nicksf to 81010  

Upcoming Meetings:

Nick’s Round Table Meetings/Events—Dates in bold--meeting at the Southern Saratoga YMCA, 1 Wall Street, Clifton Park from 6:30-8:00pm

January 14 — Hope Bags

February  11

February 23 — Dance to be Healed, Glen Sanders Mansion

March 18

March 24 — St. Baldrick’s, Westmere Fire Department, Guilderland

April 15

May 6 — Annual Gathering, Clifton Park Halfmoon Library, Program Room A, 6:00-8:00pm

June 24 — Prepare float for July 4th parade

July 4 — Parade, meet at 11am, Karigon Elementary School, Shenendehowa Campus

August 12 — Prepare for Nick’s Run Carnival

September — Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September — Open house night info at high schools

September 7— Ride to be Healed Fundraiser, 4 Avis Drive, Latham

September 16 — Prepare Nick’s Run bags

September 18 — Local schools go Gold

September 29 — 10th Annual Nick’s Run to be Healed 5K

October 21

November 18

December 16 — Holiday party

Cancer Awareness Tree

Shenendehowa had made yet another improvement to the Shen Memorial Garden (located within the front circle in front of the main entrance) with the addition of a cancer awareness tree.  What is a cancer awareness tree? Well, it's exactly what it sounds like. It is a tree that people can tie different colored ribbons around the branches to signify a specific type of cancer of disease. The tying of these ribbons can be from many different motives, whether you have been personally affected by that cancer, or you just want to show your support. Trees like these have been popping up all over the US to raise awareness, and it's great that Shen decided to try out their very own.

Nick’s Round Table Creed 

AWARENESS: Our group raises awareness about cancer through social media, friends, and our website.

DIGNITY: Members are teens with cancer, teens with friends or siblings with cancer, or people who want to help. We treat one another with honor and respect.

HOPE: We ensure that teens with cancer do not feel alone, have support, and they know that we are here to help.

HEALING: Help teens heal through interactive activities that reduce stress.

COURAGE: Don’t show fear, be positive.

LAUGHTER: The best medicine and is contagious.

RESPECT: Teens want to be treated normally and with honesty. Put yourself in their shoes and have patience.

STRONG: Be encouraging, optimistic and put on a brave face to inspire them to be strong.

FRIEND: Be a friend. Keep in touch, listen. Be in the present moment when you are with someone. Text. Watch a movie. Play a game. Be supportive.

LOVE: Let them know that they are not alone. Give lots of hugs and spend time together.