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The Story of Nikolas Ritschel

Nikolas Ritschel was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Synovial Sarcoma, about a month before his 18th birthday and joined heaven a month after his 21st birthday.

Nik realized that many cancer patients in his age group were too old to take advantage of “kids” programs and yet too young to have their own resources.

He wished there was something to provide respite to this age group and give them the encouragement. We then founded the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation.

We Found an Unfortunate Problem

Nik's story identified a lapse in programs for cancer patients between the ages of 18-24. We aim to bridge this gap.

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We Can Make a Difference

We must let people know that this problem exists, and then do everything possible to raise funding to fill the void.

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A Wish Turned into a Reality

Thanks to your support, select adolescent young adult cancer patients and their families can share lasting memories!

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The goal of our fundraising efforts is to enrich, encourage, and strengthen the faith and hope of our young adult cancer warriors. During a period of time where good news is difficult to find, the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation is able to provide a helping hand that can truly change the life of the young cancer warrior and their family.

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Niks Home Run

Fundraising Events

The Nikolas Ritschel Foundation has yearly fundraisers that help to provide funding for our cancer warriors. Such fundraisers include Nik's Home Run, Nik's Night Out, Chicago Cocktail Party and Nothing BUTT Smiles Pork Roast. Check out our Events page for a full listing of events.

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Encouraging Words of Praise from Patients We Have Helped...

  • This trip was great, please make sure to give as many people as possible this opportunity. This respite impacted my outlook on everyday living - I learned that giving is good!”

    Wish: A Trip to California
  • “Everyone had an excellent time and cancer wasn’t on anybody’s mind. The trip made me even more grateful for the times I was able to spend with my family and loved ones”

    Wish: A Trip to Sea World
  • “I am grateful for the vacation that the Foundation helped my family and I receive. It was tremendously fun and offered my family and I chances to go to new places and enjoy new experiences."

    Wish: Zip Line in Florida
  • We cannot even begin to show our appreciation for everything that you have done for us. The whole thing went without a hitch and was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. We had such a great time that it was almost hard to remember to take pictures some times! Thank you for everything!

    Wish: Honeymoon in Hawaii