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

Media Library

The clinic is equipped with flat screen TVs in each room, as well as the waiting area. In addition, there are various game systems. Current DVDs, video games, books, and magazines are updated on a regular basis. Arts and crafts are also donated and volunteers visit the children in clinic to do crafts while they wait for treatment.

Teen Technology Room-inpatient floor on D7

Nick’s Round Table sponsors the teen technology room that is available to teen and young adult patients. It includes video game systems, movies, and iPads. There are teen and young adult specific arts and crafts projects and magazines. The idea behind this room is to provide a space for teens and young adults to spend time with others their age or have a break from their room and connect with friends and family using the technology provided. If you have a suggestion for this room, please contact Janine Cammarata at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Family Hope Bags

Newly diagnosed families may not have the opportunity to go home when faced with their child’s situation. These bags provide essentials that a parent and child need until they can get home. It includes a guidebook that explains what to expect during treatment, local restaurants, supportive services, information about the hospital. Plus, essentials like toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, notebook, pen, comforting items, and gift certificates to local restaurants and travel. These bags provide hope with a supportive letter from a local family who has gone through the journey. The Family Hope Bags mentally prepare a family to fight. Donated by Catie Hoch Foundation, Luke’s Legacy, Maddie’s Mark Foundation, Green Drakkoman Foundation, and Recovery Sports Grill

Child Life Specialist Support

This position, as well as many others, at The Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center is funded solely by donations and grants. It is such a vital positive position for pediatric cancer patients that part of our mission is to help fund it. Eventually we would like to be able to support a second position that could solely focus on the young adult population.

Some of their responsibilities include:
  • Planning and implementing therapeutic activities and programs for all ages of children and teens.
  • Providing developmentally appropriate information about their illness and procedures, as well as procedural support when needed.
  • Developing therapeutic and supportive relationships with patients and families to provide advocacy and to initiate referrals to services within the hospital and community as needed.
  • Maintaining a wide range of age appropriate equipment and supplies in activity area and exam rooms.
  • Providing additional support through training, supervising, and delegating work of volunteers and students.
  • Educating patients' families and other medical staff about the psychosocial and developmental impacts of illness and health care experiences.
  • Working with different organizations to provide information and to provide the best possible opportunities for children and their families.
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Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation a 501(c)(3) organization, supports local pediatric cancer patients.