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The Nick Wilson Charitable Group


A dear friend, Jill Metz, began this wonderful non-profit organization in memory of her 3 year old son, Nick Wilson.  Each year in late summer, they hold a golf tournament as their main fundraising event.  Their mission is to help families and their children on the Bone Marrow Unit at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, OR.  They gladly accept donations year round.  This is an extremely worthwhile cause.  Last year they raised $40,000, all of which went directly to the families.  This year their goal is to reach $50,000.

About Nick Wilson

Nick Wilson was a spirited and compassionate little boy who was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia at age 18 months in May of 1999.  In spite of these unfavorable circumstances, Nick seized every opportunity to play, laugh, and provide a steadfast example of a tenacious zest for life. Nick died in April of 2001 despite modern medicine’s best efforts to cure his disease. It is in memory of Nick’s incredible spirit that his family endeavors to keep his spirit and compassion alive by helping other children and families finding themselves in similar circumstances.


The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and  Their  Families               



The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share experiences. 

On a personal note, The Dougy Center was so incredilby helpful to us as a family as we grieved the loss of Max.  I have been a volunteer there for 4 years supporting other bereaved parents and it is one of the most healing and fulfilling experiences I have ever had.  I am eternally grateful for The Dougy Center.

If you know of any child, teen or young adult that has experienced the loss of a sibling, parent or grandparent, this is a wonderful resource for dealing with grief in a safe and supportive environment.



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