Without Regrets Foundation provides gravely ill parents and their minor children with memorable family experiences. This special time together creates memories that will last forever.
Wednesday June 10, 2015
Saturday May 16, 2015
Thursday April 16, 2015
Austin — Saturday August 8, 2015
Without Regrets was started in June 2011. Prior to this the founders knew three young parents that passed away in less than one year and left behind young children. Without Regrets was founded to provide a service to families like these during a very difficult time. Special memories a child has of a lost parent can last a lifetime. Our mission helps both the parents and the children, this is what makes Without Regrets unique.
Board of Directors
Steve Wakefield - President
Steve is the president of the domestic healthcare group at Phoenix Marketing International, a global market research firm based in New York. He holds a bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University in Virginia and a master's degree from Texas State University in San Marcos.
Steve lives in West Austin with his wife, Anne, who is also very involved with Without Regrets. They have two elementary school boys and an old mutt named Brodie. They recently returned to Austin from a 10-year hiatus in North Carolina and are thrilled to be back home.
Alanna Fraase - Secretary
Alanna serves as Board Secretary and Development Committee Co-Chair for Without Regrets Foundation. She is the Services Coordinator at Greenlights for Nonprofit Success , and a graduate of St. Edward's University with a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. During college, Alanna founded two campus-wide spiritual groups, worked as a Resident Assistant and Vice-President of the Graphic Design Club, and created a student-led concert series.
Prior to joining Without Regrets' board, Alanna served as Event Chair for Big Hearts for Brave Hearts and as Gala Chair for Lutheran Social Services. She also previously worked as an Account Coordinator at Insights Learning & Development and an event planner with The Gala Gal.
In her spare time, Alanna enjoys home décor, travel, jogging around Windsor Park, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. You might run into her shopping for unique art and furniture pieces at Round Top Antique Weekend, enjoying a movie in the park, or buying produce at the Mueller Farmers Market. Follow her on twitter @alannafraase for her latest home updates and travel adventures!
Clifford Fraase - Board Treasurer
"Some may give you a piece of their mind! I wish for you peace of mind!
Some may break your heart! I wish we all share a piece of our heart everyday!
Some may stab you in the back! I want to stand behind you to catch your back if you fall!"
I grew up in a family of 7 children, a strong Catholic family involved in our church. As a young boy I was an altar boy. As an adult I continued my family's involvement in the church by teachingSunday school, mentoring engaged couples, being a member of the pastoral council, Knights of Columbus, and various other roles. I extended my community involvement outside the church as a leader in the Boy Scouts and coaching little league teams. And of course now I am a member of the Board for Without Regrets!
I attended high school in New Orleans and then onto LSU where I graduated with a Bachelors in Business Management. Immediately following graduation, I went to work for Shell Oil Company as an Accountant and continued my career with them covering 16 different jobs over 31 years. During this time I also found an opportunity to run my own company - a Gymnastics Studio, which I owned with a partner for 5 years.
I have been happily married for 33 years to my high school sweetheart and we have two grown children that are both married and out building their lives and careers. We have one grandchild whom we love to spoil.
My hobbies include Ballroom Dancing, wood working, photography, wine making and golf.
Tara Ballard - Co-Founder of Without Regrets
I was a government major at the University of Texas at Austin. After college I worked for a political party and in grassroots lobbying before deciding to move to the non-profit sector. It is an amazing feeling when you make a difference in the lives of others. I have worked in fundraising for The Leukemia Society, Local Independent Charities, Independent Charities of America and The Children's Charitable Alliance. I was previously a gubernatorial appointee to the SECC State Advisory Committee. I left this all behind to be a mom. I have two elementary aged children. They are my greatest achievement but I followed my heart in forming Without Regrets knowing that I am teaching them valuable lessons about doing things for others. I am also an active volunteer at my children's school.
Jeff graduated from Fairfield University with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He holds his CPA license in NY, CA, CT and TX. Jeff received his MBA in International Finance from NYU. He currently runs his own consulting firm of high net-worth individuals and start-up companies in Austin.
Jeff received his MA in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and is a licensed MFT in CA & TX specializing in adolescent issues and the difficult transition for children & their parents from high school to college and Couples Counseling. Until he recently opened his private practice here in Austin he was running an adolescent eating disorder clinic in Beverly Hills.
Spending a lifetime both behind and in front of the camera has also allowed Jeff to quietly run his own independent movie and entertainment production company (prodromal productions) for the last ten years.
But his greatest accomplishments are and will always be his marriage to his wife Miranda and the blessing of parenthood to their two wonderful children, Luciana & Kaspian.
Jeff is both honored and humbled by the opportunity to be able to participate within such an amazing organization and with the truly inspiring people involved with it.
Todd Sanders is a Supervisor in the audit department at Atchley & Associates, LLP and has been in the accounting profession for several years. He earned his M.P.A. and his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
Todd began his accounting career in Austin, Texas working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He joined Atchley & Associates, LLP in 2008.
Currently, Todd is a member of the American Instititute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In addition, he is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), including the Austin Chapter.
Todd's practice concentration includes auditing for non-profit organizations as well as for-profit organizations. Todd focuses on governmental audits, as well. Todd's competence, combined with his experience in auditing, allows him to formulate useful prudent solutions for the firm and for his clients.
My husband, Scott, was diagnosed with cancer in October of 2010, and lost his battle to cancer in April of 2011. To know Scott was to know he loved the NY Yankees. One of Scott's bucket list items was to take our son, Aidan, to Yankee Stadium. While we were not able to make his dream come true, we strongly hope other families will greatly benefit from the Without Regrets Foundation. Sometimes time is all we have and when life presents us with these situations it is vitally important to make the time you have the most loving and memorable it can be, Without Regrets can help you create and enjoy the precious time you have left with your loved one.
May God bless you with strength, the clarity to feel happy when surrounded with sadness, and abounding and bountiful love.Nichole Sala-Grossman
Who can become a client of Without Regrets Foundation?
Individuals must meet the following criteria:
- Individual seeking assistance must have a grave and progressive illness with limited life expectancy. And must be deemed medically eligible by their physician or qualified medical professional.
- All children must be 18 or under
- Currently we are helping families who reside in the state of Texas
- Must be a US Citizen
Please contact us for the referral paperwork.
What type of memorable family experiences do your clients request?
When a client is selected, Without Regrets Foundation will work with them to help determine what is truly meaningful to them. Their family experience will be personal and unique. Any medical limitations provided by their physician will be considered. If travel is involved in their experience, we will not send clients outside the United States. Their experience must involve their entire family (not just with a spouse or a subset of their children rather than all of their children). Click here for an example of some experiences that clients may be interested in to make their lasting memories.
Does the client have to meet income qualifications?
No. Income will not be a consideration in determining eligibility.
How is the organization funded?
The organization is funded by individual contributions, planned gifts and corporate donations. We also rely on in-kind contributions to help us carry out our mission at a lower cost.
Please contact us to get yourself or your company more involved.
How can I help?
There are many ways you can help.
- A one time donation online or by mail
- A recurring donation, monthly or annually
- Airfare is one of our largest expenses because many experiences involve travel. We are seeking individuals that would like to donate frequent flyer miles to cover the cost of tickets.
- Donations of other services and in-kind items e.g. vacation rentals, photography services, theme park tickets, etc.
- If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser for Without Regrets Foundation please contact us and we will get in touch with you.
- Participate in our Running Without Regrets program. This program allows runners and walkers the opportunity to raise funds for Without Regrets while training for select races. Contact us to inquire about current races.
*Remember that many companies encourage their employees to donate to charity by matching their contributions. If you are not sure, please check with your HR Department. If your company participates in this type of program, and you need information from Without Regrets Foundation please contact us.
Can I donate in honor or in memory of someone?
Yes. You can indicate on the donation form if your gift is in honor or in memory of someone. If so, please provide us with that person's name and the address for them or their family so that we can send them a note informing them of your gift in their name. The amount of the donation will not be released.
Is my financial contribution tax deductible?
Yes. Without Regrets Foundation was formed as a non-profit corporation with the State of Texas and is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 organization.
Is my information confidential?
Florida Keys Experience
Wednesday June 10, 2015
It was a joy for us to work with Patrice and her family to provide them with an amazing experience as a family. Patrice is a 45 year old with late stage pancreatic cancer that has spread to her lungs and liver. She is mom to a 24 year old daughter, 19 year old son and 12 year old son. Patrice told us that this trip is the legacy she is leaving with her children. Patrice grew up in south Florida, loves the ocean and vacationed in the Florida Keys with her father when she was a child. She wanted to provide this same experience to her children. Without Regrets sent this wonderful family to Marathon, Florida where they had a great time taking it all in. The family was able to swim with sting rays, fish, snorkel and ride wave runners. Thank you to the following for their help in making this the best experience possible; Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, Marathon Lady Fishing Boat, A Deep Blue Dive, Maggie Sayer Photography, Advantage Rental Car and Deer Run Chauffeur Service.
Beautiful Florida Beaches
Saturday May 16, 2015
It was an honor to help another sweet family make magical memories. Robert, a 49 year old with aggressive Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma wanted to visit the beautiful beaches of Florida to spend quality time with his family and show his sweet 9 year old daughter the white sand and crystal blue water that she has never seen before. Without Regrets sent this wonderful family to Clearwater Beach. Thank you to Stephanie Marsch for providing them beautiful accommodations. They were also able to visit Busch Gardens thanks to Give Kids the World, visited Winter the Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and took beautiful family photos with the help of Clearwater Beach Portraits. Thank you also to Deer Run Chauffeur Service.
Fourth Year in the Austin 10/20
Thursday April 16, 2015
Another great year at the Austin 10/20, Thank you to the race for partnering with us again. This was our fourth year with a team paticipating in the 10 mile race and we had a great time. This was our third year with a water stop along the course and it is always great supporting the race participants as they go by. Our deepest appreciation to our 35 team members. These amazing people raised over $16,000 for Without Regrets! Thank you also to the volunteers who came out and worked at our water stop.
Thank you to Hat Creek Burger for helping us show appreciation to Camp Gladiator for having the biggest group on our team and Lake Pointe Neighborhood for having the group that raised the most money. Thank you to Mandola's for providing the food for our pre-race team party. Thank you toMantraBand, Myo Massage and Relax the Back Store for providing our fundraising incentives. Thank you also to Austin Fit Magazine, Lara Bar, Smarty Pants, Dripping Springs Vodka, Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, Juiceland, and Jardine's for allowing us to provide our team members with the best schwag bags ever. And thank you to Mal's Munchies for the delicious post race goodies (they were amazing!).
Another Happy Family
Thursday April 16, 2015
It was a joy for Without Regrets to work with Marcos, a 36 year old dad with a malignant brain tumor. He is a father to two sons ages 3 and 6. Marcos is a former avid surfer so we were honored to provide him with a dream come true trip to Hawaii. It was such a pleasure working with this sweet family to make forever memories for these young boys. They would not have had such a magical trip without the support of Sheraton Waikiki, Chief's Luau, Sea Life Park, Christi Pham Photography, The Waikiki Aquarium, Gone Surfing Hawaii, and Deer Run Chauffeur Service. Thank you!
Family Enjoys Amazing Vacation
Monday February 9, 2015
Without Regrets was honored to play a role in the lives of another wonderful family. Candice, a 42 year old with a Stage IV recurrent brain tumor, is mother to a 12 year old son and a 9 year old daughter. Candice wanted to visit Maui with her family. She wanted to see the looks on her children's faces as they took in all the beauty of this island. This family had a great time thanks to the support of The Westin Maui Resort, Old Lahaina Luau, Pacific Whale Foundation, Anna Kim Photogrpahy and Deer Run Chauffeur Services.
Kristie is a 35 year old mother with Stage IV breast cancer. She has an 8 year old son and a 5 year old daughter. This family's favorite thing to do together is go to the beach. This family wants to visit California because of the multitude of different sites and activities including beaches, mountains and DisneyLand.
Kelli is a 40 year old mother with Stage IV breast cancer that has spread to her liver and bones. Since she was first diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in 2010 she has lost a cousin to cancer and her sister to breast cancer. Her 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son have seen a lot of loss and she wants to experience some happy times with them to create forever memories. Unfortunately, the children's grandfather has also recently been diagnosed with metastatic kidney cancer so while having a great experience for their sweet family of four she also wants the kids to be able to see their grandfather before it is too late. This family wants to travel to the Poconos near their grandparents house to make forever memories.
Patrice is a 45 year old mother with late stage pancreatic cancer that has spread to her lungs and liver. She was born in south Florida but left when she was 11. She used to vacation in the Keys with her own father and loves the ocean. She wanted to provide this same type of experience to her own children. We were honored to send this family to the Florida Keys to share special time together. They were able to swim with sting rays, go fishing, snorkel and ride wave runners.
Robert is a 49 year old with agressive Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Robert wanted to visit the beautiful beaches of Florida to spend some quality time with his family and show his sweet 9 year old daughter the white sand and crystal blue water that she has never seen before. Without Regrets sent this family to Clearwater Beach. While there they were able to take family portraits, visit Busch Gardens and visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to meet Winter the Dolphin (from the movie Dolphin Tale).
"Those with cancer can't turn it off at the end of the day. We live with it day in and day out. Without Regrets Foundation helped me forget about my disease, and enjoy quality time with my family, even if it was for a short time. Thank you Without Regrets Foundation for an experience to remember." ~Robert Chavira
Marcos, a 36 year with a malignant brain tumor, is father to 6 and 3 year old boys. Marcos is a surfer and the beach is a very special place to him. He has always wanted to see Hawaii and is excited about this experience for his family.
"Without Regrets provided us with memories that will last us a life time. None of this would have been possible for us if it hadn't been for Without Regrets Foundation." ~Marcos Heras
Candice, a 42 year old with a Stage IV recurrent brain tumor, is mother to a 12 year old son and a 9 year old daughter. Candice wanted to visit Maui for her experience. She thought visiting this beautiful place with her family and seeing the looks on her children's faces as they took it all in would be amazing and would provide them with life long memories. They had a great time and were able to go whale watching and attend a luau.
"My family and I were able to take a break from the reality of cancer. To just enjoy each other, and the amazing adventures that Without Regrets Foundation provided us! Thank you! We'll remember it always." ~Candice Johnson
Linda, a 52 year old mom suffering from several ailments with no cure; cardiomyopathy, lunch disese, Parkinson's Disease and Type 2 Diabetes which will take her away from her sons far too soon. She has two boys, ages 8 and 6. The six year old also has several health problems of his own. He suffers from Chiari Malformation, a rare disease that affects the brain and spinal column and he was run over by a truck in 2011 and suffers from traumatic brain injury as a result of that accident. This family has been through so much and we are happy to be able to bring them some joy. This loving mother just wanted to leave the negative behind and share in some fun, happy times with her boys. We sent this family to Pigeon Forge, TN where they got to visit the Smoky Mountains and Dollywood.
Tina, a 41 year old mother with breast cancer that has spread to her lungs and lymph nodes really wants to enjoy some time relaxing and enjoying time with her 17 year old son and 6 year old daughter. We sent this sweet family to Galveston where they made lots of memories at Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn and the beach.
Craig was a 63 year old father of a 16 year old girl. Craig had an incurable metastaic lung cancer. Craig's dream had always been to restore his 1952 MG TD for his daughter to drive. As his daughter was turning 16, Craig was unfortunately no longer able to do this kind of labor. Craig was a retired member of the United States Marine Corps and Without Regrets was honored to make this father's dream come true. Thank you Wonders and Worries for sending this family to us.
Doug is a 52 year old father of a 7 year old girl. Doug has a recurrent grade IV brain tumor. This loving father wanted to take his daughter to Disney World to share this magical experience with her. We were honored to send this family to Orlando to visit Disney World and Universal Studios. They were also able to squeeze in some time at the beach.
Monyakesia is a 34 year old mother of 5 in end stage liver failure. She would like to bring her five children ages 14, 12, 10, 5 and 1 to Disney World to show them the most magical place on Earth. Thank you to a counselor with Austin Independent School District for telling this family about Without Regrets.
Michael is a 51 year old father to a 16 year old boy and a 14 year old girl. Michael has Stage IV recurring throat and neck cancer and Stage III lung cancer. This family really wants to spend some special time together somewhere tropical in the short time these kids have left with their father. We are so honored to be able to help them make magical memories.
"We can't thank Tara Ballard or Without Regrets Foundation enough for making our trip / experience to Hawaii a dream come true. Our memories from this experience will last us our lifetime. THANK YOU WITHOUT REGRETS!!" - Michael Aaron
Holley is a 41 year old mother of two sweet boys, ages 5 and 3. Holley has Stage IV breast cancer that has spread to her bones and brain. Her 5 year old asks "Why don't we ever go to the beach?" Without Regrets was honored to be able to help this sweet mother and her family spend some relaxing time at the beach while visiting with some cousins that live in Florida. They went to Clearwater Beach where they were able to relax, take family photos on the beach, see Winter the Dolphin at the Aquarium and go on a Pirate Cruise. Thank you to Breast Cancer Resource Center for referring Holley to us.
Michael is a 49 year old father of four girls with Stage IV colon cancer. Michael's youngest girls, 7 year old twins, are inspired by history. They really wanted to visit New York City and see everything that makes the city magical. We sent this family to NYC where they were able to visit the Empire State Building, the 9/11 Tribute Center and Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. They were also able to visit some family while they were there.
"This org has given us something that can never be lost, stolen or taken from us -- precious happy memories of a trip we couldn't have ever done on our own. Thank you!" - Felicia Adams
Lisa is a 46 year old mom to a 14 year old daughter and 11 year old son. Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 that spread to her liver and bones. Lisa enjoys the beach and doing things together as a family. She said, "watching my kids have fun and laughing is what I live for". Lisa wanted to show her kids Pearl Harbor and Diamondhead, and to relax on the beach. We sent this sweet family to Hawaii to enjoy these wonderful experiences. They were able to visit Pearl Harbor, attend a luau, have family portraits taken and the kids learned to surf. Thank you to Breast Cancer Resource Center for referring this family to us.
"Without Regrets Foundation is absolutely fantastic! Without this foundation this dream trip may not ever have happened. It was beyond our expectations and we have been blessed beyond measure." ~Lisa Ellis
Dual is a 45 year old father to a 13 year old daughter. Dual was diagnosed with renal cancer that spread to his bones and lymph nodes. He enjoys watching sports with his family, is a huge Texas Rangers fan and wants to share the experience of a live game with them. Without Regrets sent this family to Arlington to attend a Texas Rangers game. They were also able to take a tour of the Ballpark and enjoy a day at Six Flags. Thank you to Hospice Austin for sending this family to us for help.
Michael is a 53 year old father of a 16 year old son. Michael was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that spread throughout his abdomen. New Years was always a special time for Michael and his family so Without Regrets sent them to San Antonio to spend New Year's Eve at Sea World! While in San Antonio, they also enjoyed several other fun experiences like a trip to the top of the Tower of the Americas, an IMAX movie and more. Thank you to Make A Wish for telling this family about Without Regrets.
Tracy is a 41 year old father to 13 year old twins. He was diagnosed with rectal cancer that spread to his lungs, lymph nodes and skull. This family enjoys spending time together doing adventurous activities and enjoying life. Without Regrets sent this family to Hawaii for a once in a lifetime experience. While on their trip they were able to go ziplining and whale watching, they attended a luau and had amazing family portraits taken on the beach. Thank you to MD Anderson for referring this family to us.
“Our experience with Without Regrets was truly a dream come true. They gave our family the opportunity to create lasting memories even in this difficult time. They knew exactly what our family needed and planned a trip that was beyond our wildest dreams.” ~Tracy and Heidi Keen
Stanley is a 53 year old man who is the father to a wonderful 10 year old girl. Stanley had lung cancer that spread to his brain and bones. Before Stanley got sick he and his family really enjoyed being outdoors. Since his daughter was only 6 when he was first diagnosed she has had to grow up very fast and not had as many chances to be a kid as she deserves. Due to his his illness Stanley and his family have never taken a vacation together and his daughter has never left the State of Texas. Unfortunately, Stanley passed away just before they were scheduled to leave on their trip, however, his wife and daughter were still able to spend the daughter's birthday celebrating Stanley's memory during their trip to California. This amazing little girl was able to see the ocean and just get to be a kid for a few days while they enjoyed trips to Legoland, the Museum of Making Music and DisneyLand. Thank you to Wonders and Worries for referring this family to us.
"We take a lot of things for granted until the rubber meets the road...You can't put a price on life and you can't put a price on your family." ~Barbara Warren
Nicki is a 36 year old mother of 4, ages 15, 13, 10 and 5. Nicki had breast cancer that spread to her liver, lungs and brain. Nicki wanted to take her four children to see the town she grew up in. She wanted to show them all of the places she used to go and the things she enjoyed when she was a child herself. Without Regrets sent this wonderful family to the Black Hills of South Dakota and planned many fun activities for them. While there two of the kids got to meet their grandfather for the first time and Nicki and her siblings were able to spread the ashes of their mother who passed away in the summer of 2011. We are honored we could make Nicki's dream come true. Thank you to Texas Oncology for referring Nicki to us.
“We will never forget what you have done for us!!!!!” ~Nicki Kay
Alex is a 38 year old man with End Stage ALS. He has three children; sons ages 17 and 14 and a 9 year old daughter. Alex wanted to take his wife and children to the Texas Gulf Coast to go fishing because this wonderful family hadn't been to the coast since their oldest son was just a baby, the two youngest children had never seen the beach, and when Alex was younger and healthier fishing was something he really enjoyed doing. Without Regrets sent this family to South Padre Island where they went on a dolphin watching trip and a bay fishing trip. They were also able to take family portraits. Thank you to the ALS Association for referring this family to us.
"THANK YOU!!!! We had a blast. I am glad to have had a chance to come to SPI with my family. I don't know how to word it...but THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. You have given my family some amazing memories for the rest of their lives.” ~Alex Vargas
There are several ways to help us achieve our mission.You can help us by making a secure online donation. This can be a one-time donation or a recurring, monthly donation. You can also donate in honor or in memory of someone dear to you.
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Without Regrets Foundation
P.O. Box 1586
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
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- All donations over $100 will be acknowledged in our newsletter unless the donor requests to be kept anonymous.
- All individual donors who contribute more than $1000 annually will receive a Without Regrets Foundation t-shirt.
- For any donation over $10,000 annually, you will officially sponsor a client's goal and we will provide you with a keepsake from the family that you helped so that you can remember how much your generosity meant to others.
- Without Regrets Foundation was formed as a non-profit corporation with the State of Texas, is determined a public charity under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3), and per section 170 your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.