LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- After seeing a gap in services for young adults battling cancer, one local organization is using St. Patrick's Day to help change that.
After a devastating sarcoma cancer diagnosis at 17, Nikolas Ritschel met a friend who would change his life. Following a Make-A-Wish vacation, Nik met Nate during treatments.
Unfortunately, Nate got his diagnosis after turning 18, making him ineligible for any program.
Before Nik passed in 2012, his last wish was for a vacation for his friend, and Nik's wish was born. Since then, the foundation has granted over 130 Nik wishes to young adults and their loved ones, fighting cancer.
"There are no support programs for 18 to 24-year-olds fighting cancer, like Make-A-Wish, Ronald McDonald house - they all end at age 18. So Nick my son found this gap, and we aim to fill it, and with the help of the Shamrock beer run, we're just out here to raise some funds, drink some beer,” said Nikolas Ritschel Foundation founder Kelli Ritschel-Boehle.