What makes WACKY’s different? They follow the WACKY guidelines:
1) pay it forward through service to others.
2) always have something positive to look forward to.
3) and have fun!
Each year in the US, more than 70,000 young adults (between the ages of 15 and 39) are diagnosed with cancer, the leading disease killer. Despite cancer survival rates increasing dramatically for children and older adults in the last 20 years, there has been minimal improvement in the survival rates in the adolescent and young adult population since 1975.
Nick Raitt, founder of Wacky Warriors, lost his battle with cancer on June 2, 2011 at the age of 22. He was originally diagnosed in 2007 with stage IV alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer. He endured four years of intense and rigorous treatment including chemotherapy, radiation and various surgeries. Nick’s sisters, Carly and Kelsey, play(ed) competitive softball and inspired him to host our 1st charity softball tournament in 2008.
With an intense desire to give back in support of other cancer warriors (patients, survivors, doctors, nurses, volunteers…), he started his own foundation, Wacky Warriors, and chose to support charities dedicated to childhood cancer research and adventure camps for young adult cancer survivors.
Three things Nick taught us when dealing with adversity:
- Always have something positive to look forward to
- Give back – be of service to others
- Find ways to have fun.
We developed WACKY – Warriors Against Cancer in Kids and Young-adults – to be the theme for Nick’s Warriors. You can become a Warrior, to support your Warrior (Son, Daughter, Cousin, Friend, Co-Worker ect.). As we build our network of Warriors, we can all fight cancer together.
The Empowered Wealth Foundation established a “DBA” for “Wacky Warriors” to help streamline donations with an effective accounting system already established within the IRS guidelines.
The Empowered Wealth Foundation
DBA: Wacky Warriors
801 N 700 W, Ste 200
Bountiful, UT 84010
(801) 397-3301 Fax
Nick Raitt is the son of Lori Brower ( Lee Brower’s step-son). Nick was diagnosed with stage four alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma in April, 2007, with a baseball-sized tumor located in his right sinus and right lymph node.
Rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare, fast-growing, highly malignant cancerous tumor that originates in the soft tissues of the body, including the muscles, tendons, and connective tissues. Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, the most common type, usually occurs in children under 6 years of age. Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma is more aggressive and occurs in older children, accounting for about 20 percent of all cases.
Rhabdomyosarcoma accounts for about 3 percent of childhood cancers. In the US , about 350 children are diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma each year. This disease affects children between the ages of 2 to 20 years of age, but can occur at any age. For unknown reasons, males are affected slightly more often than females.
The entire Empowered Wealth and Quadrant Living network of business peers, friends and family were deeply impacted by the news of Nick’s diagnosis with cancer in 2007. The outpouring of prayers, emotional support and acts of kindness have humbled the Raitt/Brower family immeasurably. We invite anyone who is interested in reading about Nick’s journey to visit his blogsite at www.nick-raitt.blogspot.com . We made a conscious effort to not give his cancer any more energy than necessary and the pictures and postings are positive and informative. However, his treatment was vicious and brutal, just as his cancer. Nick was considered to be in remission on April, 2008; however, he relapsed a year later in April, 2009 when a tumor was discovered in his pancreas. On February, 2010, the power of prayer from our family and friends, as well as Nick’s amazing internal fortitude, triumphed again when there was no evidence of disease to be found in his body.
As Nick’s health returned, he expressed an intense desire to give back. After extensive deliberation, he focused on childhood cancer research. His own research also uncovered a startling fact: mortality rates for children and adults are improving every year; however, the mortality rates for young adults (ages 15 – 30) have remained the same for the past 40 years.
After spending a week at First Descents with other young adult cancer survivors in Montana in the summer of 2008, he came home refreshed and re-energized. Being in “God’s Country” – the outdoors, the river, the open sky – with other young adults just like him – he was able to release his fears and frustrations about cancer and embrace hope and healing so he could live again. He attended again in the summer of 2009 and qualified to be a counselor for the 2010 kayak camp and the 2011 rock climbing camp in Moab, Utah.
Lori is also the biggest cheerleader for her two daughters that both play(ed) year-round competitive softball. When Nick wanted to raise money for his two charities, the only thing she could think of was softball…the charity softball was the first event dedicated to raising money. Once the door was opened with philanthropic intent, Nick and his family were soon involved in many other activities. Soon, Nick’s Warriors decided to go WACKY – individuals who are Warriors Against Cancer in Kids and Young-adults.
On December 3rd, 2009, Nick was again scanned and confirmed again to have no evidence of disease, however, on August 18, 2010 he relapsed with cancer in his abdominal cavity.
On June 2, 2011, Nick earned his angel wings.
Lori Brower is the President of the Empowered Wealth Foundation (click here to read our mission statement), a true 501(c)(3) public charity. The Empowered Wealth Foundation established a “DBA” for “Wacky Warriors” to help streamline donations with an effective accounting system already established within the IRS guidelines.
For more information on the Empowered Wealth Foundation, please visit www.empoweredwealthfoundation.org
801 N. 500 W., Suite 200
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