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January 1st, 2008 by Lori Brower

Welcome to Nick’s Wacky Warriors Website

Wacky Warriors raises both funds and awareness for childhood cancer research and cancer survivor adventure camps for young adults. We have achieved national support in all types of events – marathons, high-endurance mountain bike races, softball tournaments, etc. C’mon and join the Wacky Warriors – we need your help in battling cancer!

What makes WACKY’s different?
They follow the WACKY guidelines:

1) pay it forward through service to others.
2) always have something exciting to look forward to.
3) and have fun!

April 2nd, 2014 by Lori Brower

FD Ball

Moab panoramic

What a weekend!  Lee, Carly, Kelsey and I took off for Moab Friday morning.  We met up with the rest of our friends, Jennie & Dean and Jerry & Denise at Red Cliffs Lodge, owned by our dear friend, Colin Fryer.  As we gathered for an amazing dinner at the lodge, I was overwhelmed with the love I have for every single person at our table.  Jennie, Dean, Jerry & Denise and Colin each loved Nick deeply and offered their friendship unconditionally.  Many of Nick’s adventures during his cancer journey were largely due to this extraordinary extended family.  The best part is that it still carries forward today as they continue to participate in Wacky events, such as the FD Ball. Read more »

March 25th, 2014 by Lori Brower

Happy Endings

Our family and friends are heading out to the 8th Annual First Descents Ball in Vail, Colorado this weekend.  This is always a tender-hearted event for us, re-connecting with Nick’s other “family” – both alumni campers and staff.  Having been camp parents ourselves, Lee and I have our own “family,” too.  With Wacky Warriors being a sponsor at this event, we wanted to share a post Nick wrote back in January, 2011 – written five months before he died.  We feel it captures the pure essence of Nick and the legacy we strive to continue in his name. Read more »

March 13th, 2014 by Lori Brower

“Angel Fly” by Emily Bea

Do you ever have one of those months (not days) where things are just a bit out of balance?  One day, I’m listening to my daughter (freshly returned from her 18-month church mission) share her tender spiritual experiences with the congregation in a very personal, mature and grace-filled message.  My child literally glowed.  Throughout the next week, I received news from three separate family members that they are facing extremely challenging health issues.  The next moment, I’m simply in awe of the beauty of our state, while watching my youngest daughter play her last year of high school softball.

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January 28th, 2014 by Lori Brower

What’s your vision?

Christmas and Nick’s birthday (January 17th) bring tender, bittersweet heartache. I have noticed, however, the heartache isn’t as raw and mind-numbing as before. It’s constant but bearable; we seem to get along well now. My consciousness sustains longer levels of clarity, which is so pleasantly surprising. Read more »

November 25th, 2013 by Lori Brower

Hey, Nick… are you there?

A few days before Nick died, he was joking about how he could easily scare Carly from heaven.  I made the comment that if he tries to reach out to me, it would have to be a really big gesture, I don’t get subtlety.  I really don’t.  Other than the message he left me in Florida, I have only sporadically felt his presence, although the memories and the feelings associated with them are very present.  However, the last two weeks have been very, very interesting, although maybe only to me.  But what the heck, I’ll share with you, anyway… Read more »