Senior Liz Niemiec has received a $100,000 grant from the LIDS Foundation for her nonprofit Little Wish Foundation, which grants small wishes ($300 to $800) to kids with cancer.
“The LIDS Foundation is extremely excited about our new partnership with Little Wish Foundation,” Bailee Reynolds, LIDS Foundation manager, said in a story published February 4 in The Indianapolis Star. “Little Wish is special to us because they are a small foundation that started in LIDS Sports Group’s backyard. What (the foundation) is doing for kids is amazing. These kids know that someone is thinking of them, even if it is in a small way; it makes their day.”The Indianapolis Star reported the story in The organization has raised around $250,000 and granted nearly 400 wishes.
Little Wish is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that Niemiec started, at age 17, in the memory of Max Olson. Max was diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor, a rare kidney cancer, in December 2007. Little Wish delivers wishes to pediatric oncology patients at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, Riley Hospital, Riley North Hospital, Lutheran Children’s Hospital, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, according to its website. Some “little wishes” items that have been given include laptop computers, Xbox360 & PS3 gaming systems, iPads & iPods, concert tickets, spa treatments, TVs, blu-ray DVD players & movies, pretty dresses and much more.