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Honoring Nicki's Request

The primary mission of the Nicki Leach Foundation, a non-profit organization, is to provide modest financial assistance to young adults (18-30) afflicted with cancer. The Foundation has decided to focus on this particular age group, as it includes the highest number of under insured individuals in the U.S., who are often caught between completion of education and actual employment with insurance. Most have already exhausted their financial resources, and have significant trouble finding jobs given their diagnoses and disabilities. We strongly urge you to support the Mission of the Nicki Leach Foundation."


THE NICKI LEACH FOUNDATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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Please help us reach our $25,000.00 goal! DONATE today to the Nicki Leach Foundation Endowed Scholarship at the University of North Florida for students with cancer.

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Please make your check payable to:

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1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32224-7699


2016 Nicki Leach Foundation Scholarship Receipeint

Peter Bilzerian

George Bernard Shaw once said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” I’m sure that is true for almost all healthy children. But for those of us who have faced death at six years old there is no time to waste. My cancer formed above my kidney and grew quickly; it gave no quarter for my young age. While others were learning to read, or ride a bike, I underwent rigorous cycles of chemotherapy treatment and waves of radiation. That year I was perhaps too young to understand death but I did understand loneliness and pain. Unlike my tall, strong brother, I am short and fragile. But I am alive.

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In 2012, less than ten years after I survived Neuroblastoma, I was diagnosed with cancer for a second time. This time it was thyroid cancer. The idea of facing death a second time was a bit scarier because I was old enough to fully grasp the magnitude of my battle for survival.

Although there are many victims of cancer, most of them are mature adults who have set their course in life. Facing this disease as such an early age is my greatest asset for I have learned every day is a precious gift with no guarantees of another.

After my experiences with cancer, I started my own gaming company, PSN Circuit. PSN Circuit is one of the main sources of competitive video gaming events on the entire PlayStation platform. My team hosts events of competitive gamers who wish to gain recognition for their gaming intuition and win cash prizes. 


Developed from the ground up and taking up enormous amounts of my time, this brand has become a gold mine for gaming innovation. Whether it be the latest trend, a new game, a cutting –edge tournament algorithm, or novel player communication platforms, we aggressively invite creative gaming solutions an applications.

More recently, in order to give back to my local community that supported me through my health issues, I have offered my services to local institutions as a freelance business development manager. With the goal of fixing family businesses in the contemporary economy, I started my association with /East Brookfield Pizza, a small-town pizzeria that was struggling due to their old-fashioned branding, ineffective marketing, and poor food quality. After I developed a comprehensive marketing plan, they are end route to profitability. They have new branding, social media, contemporary promotional materials, and a to avant-garde storefront seemingly divorced from the cliché idea of a small-town pizzeria.  Without my help, statistical analysis suggests the EBP would have gone out of business within the next few years. Now hiring more employees than ever before in their history and producing substantial capital to be used of expansion, EBP is making considerable strides towards providing stable jobs in the Brookfield area.

In my most recent ventures, I’ve reached out to more local businesses that need exhaustive development plans. I’ve taken a position with Parrot Pizza in Holden, MA to evaluate their marketing strategies and execute detailed new strategies to expand their prominence in the Worcester County community.

This fall I will start my pursuit for a bachelor’s degree in both Marketing and Management at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and after I graduate I will pursue my MBA in a business filed of my choice. My experiences with cancer have invigorated me to want to chase my dreams and better the community that I live in. This education will certainly arm me with the tools necessary to be successful in business, and most importantly, life.

I do not know what my future holds but I am confident that I will enjoy and appreciate every minute of it. As Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden, I wish “to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of if life, and to see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

This GIFT FROM NICKI is an opportunity to alleviate college debt and help kick start my adulthood without hefty loans holding me back from taking risks, and therefore, succeeding. There will undoubtedly be smarter applicants with better grades than me, but I doubt there will be any who will have a greater enthusiasm or appreciation for a college education, or more importantly, a greater empathy for the less fortunate, or a stronger desire to make a difference.


Glioblastoma Drug Discovery Group

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The Nicki Leach Foundation The GBM Drug Discovery Group, a team of researchers in the lab of Dr. Madan Kwatra at Duke University, have formed a collaboration with the Nicki Leach Foundation to conduct research on a subtype of Glioblastoma (GBM) prevalent in adolescents and young adults. This partnership will enable our research team to start developing novel preclinical models for brain tumors isolated from GBM patients between the ages of 18 and 39. This variety of GBM has affected young adults, like Nicki Leach, Brittany Maynard, and Joe Biden’s son, Beau. These tumors are biologically distinct from tumors found in older patients, and sufficient preclinical models for effective drug development do not currently exist. Together as a team we will work to find efficacious therapies for young adults with glioblastoma. You can see Dr. Kwatra's GBM research here: http://sites.duke.edu/glioblastoma/.

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Purchase Turtle Shells: Heading Through Cancer

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At one time, Bunny's life seemed perfect. After her husband retired from the professional tennis circuit, where they traveled with their two children around the world, they packed up and moved to paradise, Florida. But when their sixteen-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer, paradise quickly turned into a nightmare.

As the family drifted apart, Bunny put her faith in God and fought for her daughter's life. Turtle Shells: Heading Through Cancer, a mother's gripping memoir, is sure to tug at heart strings as she recounts her daughter's battle against brain cancer and her fight to be happy again.


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Carly Fest

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Carly Anne Driscoll was a major impact to the underground music scene. She had a smile that was constant and infectious even throughout her grueling battle with RMS (rhabdomysarcoma). Carly influenced everyone to never give up. She possessed charisma, artistic ability and courage!

We celebrate her spirit that lives within so many of us through Carly Fest by hosting an annual concert and donating the proceeds to the Nicki Leach Foundation. We feel Carly would want it that way ... compassion via the music she loved and lived for!

To learn more, please visit their site at www.carlyfest.org.