What makes WACKY Warriors 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.
Nick Raitt (we still consider him to be in charge of everything we do)
Lori Brower - Founder (Nick’s Mom)
Lee Brower - Trustee (Nick’s bonus Dad)
Greg Barrick - Board Member / Legal
Dave Sheffield - Treasurer
Volunteers - we rely a lot on our WACKY Voluteers