It is an honor and privilege to volunteer for the Nate's Wish basketball tournament. As a neighbor I witnessed Nate become a great fan of basketball. He regularly came to see me because I kept popsicles in my garage refrigerator!
Jeff and Stacie have memorialized Nate life in such a beautiful way. Their efforts provide love and support to young children stricken with cancer. Their distribution of loaded backpacks bring smiles to many.
Review from Guidestar
This nonprofit has excited an entire community and brings together volunteers all year long, but especially for the Nate's Wish Basketball Tournament every November. It is amazing how much work goes into the project of filling backpacks for kids in the hospitals with cancer and how much joy this project brings on all levels.
Nates Wish is a charity that is designed to help children to forget about being sick and to smile again. Nate loved to play and have fun with his friends, and facing his cancer and being around other children who were sick, made him realize that he wanted to help others. Nate's parents, Jeff and Stacie want to honor their son's wish and help other children. The Richard's are an amazing family and so many children are being blessed by them. There is nothing more precious than a smile on a childs face.
My husband and I have been blessed to help serve in various ways in helping Nate’s Wish. This wonderful charity gives hope, love and support to families whose child has received a cancer diagnosis. Nate loved basketball, and this organization hosts an annual basketball tournament to help raise funds to fill backpacks with items to help each child as they go through their treatments to overcome their illness. Nate’s parents and sisters are truly amazing as they serve tirelessly and share the love of Jesus Christ through this important charity. Becky & Billy Albritton
I can not express enough of Jeff and Stacie, and the love that they have for the childeren. Nates Wish brings joy and love to all the childeren who have cancer. They go way beyond anything thing I have ever seen to show those kids that they are loved and they are praying for each child. God Bless you both for what you are doing for these kids
Jeff and Stacie are amazing. They have kept Nate's wish alive by helping kids going through cancer. They are able to bring smiles and joy to other families battling this disease. They are truly a Godsend.
The heart of Jeff and Stacie to love on kids going through cancer and help comfort their parents shows in everything they do. I've been blessed to volunteer in some small way with each of the annual basketball tournaments (the primary fund raiser) and simply love that experience each year - to see how fun had by kids/teens translates into help and compassion for kids miles away going through a very scary experience.
At the root of the backpacks is simply a collection of items to help distract and inform - both important pieces during those first few weeks after a new diagnosis and treatments have begun. I love that this family uses the pain they have been through to reach and help comfort the pain many other families are going through. That to me is key - simply reaching and sharing where one has been in the desire to help others now walking a similar path.
This charity organization helps bring joy to children. Nate's wish allows these children to know that they are thought of and loved.
The desire to reach out to a friend with cancer is sometimes met with uncertainty of "what to do?". And Nate answered that question. He knew the need through his personal battle with leukemia and in his God-given wisdom and spirit of giving, he created a way to help other children. Nate's parents founded Nate's Wish to provide some comfort and distraction for children struggling with cancer treatment. What a blessing to be a part of helping with that need. Nate knew what the need was.
The Nate's Wish organization has brought much needed smiles to hundreds of children with cancer. The many hours that a child spends in the hospital during the months and years of cancer treatment can be filled with a little joy because of the wonderful items provided in a Nate's Wish backpack!
Nate's Wish is an organization that brings joy to children who are struggling with cancer and undergoing the difficult treatments to overcome this dreaded disease. The organization was established by parents who have gone through this with their son, Nate. Nate's desire was to help other children and his parents are fulfilling Nate's wish. Having gone through the loss of a nephew in his teens to cancer, I know this is a worthy and needed organization.