Without Regrets provides memorable family experiences for terminally ill parents with minor children. This special time together creates memories that will last forever for these children facing the loss of a parent.
Monday April 11, 2016
Monday January 11, 2016
Monday January 11, 2016
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 Hugo. They recently returned to Austin from a 10-year hiatus in North Carolina and are thrilled to be back home.
Dorothea Pitikas - Secretary
Dorothea Pitikas is Licensed Clinical Social Worker working as a psychotherapist for a local non-profit that serves Austin's uninsured children and adults. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in History and Sociology and received her Master's of Social Work degree from the University of Houston in 2007. Originally from Houston, she moved to Austin, TX and soon after found Without Regrets when she signed up for the Austin 10/20 race, after completing the Houston Marathon. She has run the Austin 10/20 race every year since and has fund raised and volunteered with Without Regrets with every race. She is grateful to be a small part of this amazing organization and its mission. Dorothea and her husband enjoy traveling, running, and watching all of the Houston sports teams.
Elyssa Parvan – Treasurer
Helping others became a true passion of mine at 12 years old when I began volunteering at a retirement home. I am thrilled to be on the Without Regrets Foundation board so that I can volunteer my time and resources in a whole new way. I am honored to work with Tara who has a tremendous passion for and admirable dedication to the organization.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, I moved to Austin, TX in 2007. I graduated from St. Edward’s University with a BS in Biology and minor in Spanish. During college I studied abroad in Spain, held various leadership roles such as President of Alpha Phi Omega, and taught English as a second language at El Buen Samaritano.
After college, I briefly worked as a manager at Wendy’s and moved on to work at Life Technologies (Thermo Scientific) as a scientist. I now work in business development at Allen Technologies while completing my Master’s in Business Administration at Rice University.
In my free time, I enjoy bowling, running, singing karaoke, playing board/card games, and watching football. I share a wonderful life with my college sweetheart, Terrence, our 4 year old guinea pig, Milo, and a beautiful boxer/American bull dog puppy, Raja-Lacy.
Tara Ballard - Our Founder
Tara was a government major at UT. After college she worked for a political party and in grassroots lobbying before deciding to move to the non-profit sector. She has worked in fundraising for The Leukemia Society, Local Independent Charities, Independent Charities of America and The Children's Charitable Alliance. She was previously a gubernatorial appointee to the SECC State Advisory Committee. She left this all behind to be a mom. She has two beautiful children that are her greatest achievement but she followed her heart in forming Without Regrets knowing that she is teaching her children valuable lessons about doing things for others and making a difference in people’s lives. She is also an active volunteer with her children’s school district.
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.
Rebecca is a long time activist in various non-profits with a degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Her non-profit work has been featured in Huffington Post, Rolling Stone and more. She has held leadership marketing positions for the past several years in companies focused on things ranging from SaaS software to the well-being of companion animals.
Rebecca is passionate about the environment, animal welfare and the precious memories she is building with her partner, two dogs and young son, Dakota. She is blessed with warm memories of her recently deceased father and is honored to support other children and parents in the pursuit of their own meaningful experiences.
Todd Sanders is the Plan Controller/HR Manager for Jardine Foods, Inc. He has been in the accounting profession for several years, ever since earning his M.P.A. and his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to venturing into the salsa-making business, Todd worked in both public practice and private industry.
Currently, Todd is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In addition, he is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), including the Austin Chapter.
When not crunching numbers, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children, whether grilling on a Saturday night or hiking through Austin's amazing trails. Todd and his family love to live life outdoors and are always looking for a new adventure.
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?
New York Magic
Monday April 11, 2016
Janice and her five beautiful children had a great time in New York City. Janice has Stage IV breast cancer that has spread to her bones. She and her husband have fostered over 40 children and always given to others. Now that Janice is so sick, is an an honor for Without Regrets to be able to provide her with some special time with her own five children. Janice wanted to show her children the city that never sleeps and she dreamt of seeing a Broadway show. We are so happy we could make that happen. This family was able to see Finding Neverland as well as go backstage to meet some of the cast. They also visited the 9/11 Tribute Center, Rockerferller Center and the Empire State Building while they were in the city. These memories will stay with them forever.
Thank you to the following businesses that helped us make Janice's dreams come true; Situation Interactive, The Nederlander Organization, Karen Haberberg Photography, 9/11 Tribute Center, Capricorn Limousine Service, Fast Park and Thru My Eyes.
Christmas Magic in the Big Apple
Monday January 11, 2016
Kelly is a 44 year old mom with rare bile duct cancer. She wanted to show her three kids the magic of New York City and what makes the city so special. Kelly, her 21 year old son, and her 14 and 9 year old daughters were able to spend a very special Christmas in NYC. While they were there they got to make dreams come true with photos in Central Park, ice skating at Rockefeller Center, a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and a very special surprise. The family was able to watch a live taping of Good Morning America. This is their favorite show and one of Kelly's daughters who anchors her school news program was over the moon. Memories like this will last forever!
Thank you to The Rink at Rockefeller Center, 9/11 Tribute Center, Good Morning America, Mary Jane Photography, Capricorn Limousine, Fast Park, and the Omni Berkshire Hotel for helping us create this magical experience for this family.
California Sun Brings Memories for Young Boys
Monday January 11, 2016
Matthew is a 40 year old father of two with a brain tumor. He has adorable twin two year old boys. This dad wanted to create memories with his sweet boys that they can remember forever despite their young age. One thing in particular, this dad wanted to show his boys the ocean. Without Regrets sent this family to San Diego, California. They were able to see the beach and ocean as well as visit the most amazing zoo in the country and go whale watching. Two year old boys love zoos and boat rides!
Memories Made In the Nation's Capital
Tuesday December 8, 2015
Jessica is a 39 year old mother diagnosed with a Stage III brain tumor. She has three loving sons, ages 12, 9 and 4. These boys enjoy museums, science and technology and their parents have always wanted to take them to Washington DC. It was our honor to make this dream come true for this wondeful family so they could see The Smithsonian, The Capitol, The White House and more. Thank you to the International Spy Museum, Senator John Cornyn's Office, Reflections Photography and Deer Run Chauffeur Service for helping us make this happen.
Memories Made in Alaska
Tuesday December 8, 2015
Amber is a 34 year old mother diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. She wanted to take her 12 and 9 year old daughters to Fairbanks, Alaska. She chose Fairbanks because her brother lives there and she wanted the opportunity to visit him as well as see the joy on her daughters' faces as they saw the beauty of the wild frontier and snow for the first time. Thank you to Pike's Waterfront Lodge, Alaska Auto Rental, Running Reindeer Ranch, Angela Miller Photography and Deer Run Chauffeur Service for helping make this dream come true.
Stephanie is a 48 year old with late stage metastasized pancreatic cancer. She is mom to a six year old little girl. This sweet mom wants to take her daughter to DisneyWorld to see the princesses.
Valerie is a 39 year old with Stage IV Metastatic breast cancer. This mom of 5 and 7 year old girls wants to escape the daily stress of her disease. These sweet little girls are always talking about volcanos so this family wants to visit Hawaii.
John is a 37 year old with a degenerative neurological disease similar to ALS. He is a father to two little girls, ages 2 and 4. Before John's own dad passed away they visited Maui and he wants to share that same experience with his own girls.
Janice is a 46 year old with Stage IV breast cancer that has spread to her bones. She is a mother of 5. Janice and her husband have fostered over 40 children in their home and spent their lives taking care of others. We are honored to be able to help Janice do something for herself. Janice has always wanted to show her children, New York City.
"WOW! The trip was amazing!...This could never of been possible without the generous donation and support of Without Regrets. I will always be forever grateful for allowing our family this opportunity." ~Janice Baker
Anthony is a 59 year old dad diagnosed with metastic cancer. He is father to 15 year old twins, a boy and a girl. The teenagers have never left the State of Texas and this father wants to leave something special with his children. As a boy Anthony visited Jupiter Beach, Florida. He remembers it so fondly that he wants to take his own family to this same beautiful place.
Jay is a 38 year old father with ALS. He has two beautiful daughters, ages 6 and 8. Before his diagnosis Jay was an adventurous risk taker doing things like surfing and extreme skiing. One of his other specialties was suprising his family with vacations and adventures. Since he has lost the ability to handle many tasks on his own he was excited to find Without Regrets could help him deliver one more special experience for his family. His fellow adventure seeking daughters have always said the one place they wanted to visit was Hawaii so we sent Jay and his family to Maui.
"Unfortunately life doesn't last forever, but the memories we leave in the hearts of the ones we love can never be erased." ~Jay Smith
Kelly is a 44 year old mother of three with very rare, Stage IV bile duct cancer. She has a 20 year old son and 14 and 9 year old daughters. This mother wants to show her children New York City and all of the things that make the city so magical.
Anne is a 40 year old mother with Stage IV lung cancer. She has a 23 month old son. Hawaii is very special to Anne because her parents got married there. She plans to visit Kauai to experience this majestic place with her family.
"The Without Regrets Foundation made a dream come true for me and my family. We will never forget this experience." ~Anne Garcia
Matthew is a 40 year old father of two with a brain tumor. He has 2 year old twin boys. These sweet boys have never been on an airplane or seen the beach. This family would like to visit San Diego, California to show their boys the world renowned zoo and see the ocean.
Jessica is a 39 year old mother of three with a Stage III brain tumor. She has 12, 9 and 4 year old sons. Jessica's boys love museums, science and technology so they have talked about taking them to Washington DC for years. We are honored to help make this dream a reality for this sweet family.
"I don't think we can thank you enough for helping to arrange this trip for our family. It was amazing to spend time with our kids seeing the sites of D.C. We definitely were able to build memories for our children with their mom. It was nice to forget the ongoing chemo for a bit and focus on just having a good time together...This meant a great deal to our family." ~Neil and Jessica Stoddard
Amber is a 34 year old mother of two with Stage IV breast cancer. She has 12 and 9 year old daughters. This family loves the outdoors. Amber's younger brother lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. This family would like to visit him and experience the beauty of this wild frontier.
Michael is a 41 year old father with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. This father of four has 16, 12 and 3 year old sons and an 8 year old daughter. This dad once visited Colorado Springs and Pike's Peak and wanted to recreate this experience for his family to show them the amazing beauty in this part of the country. We were honored to make this trip happen for this family. While in Colorado Springs they were able to ride the Cog Railway to Pike's Peak, visit the Cave of the Winds and have family photos taken in an amazing setting.
"Thank you! So much for the wonderful family experience of a lifetime. Everyone in the family agreed thiswas the best experience ever. My children now want to move to Colorado. Everything was beautiful and ran smoothly. Thank You So Much!" ~ Michael Woehl
Trent is a 34 year old father with Stage IV Synovial Sarcoma. Trent has four children, 18 and 13 year old girls and 3 and 1 year old boys. Trent used to live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and has always regretted not showing his wife and children all of the beautiful things there that he once enjoyed. We are honored to send this family to Colorado.
"Don't miss out on opportunities that life hands you especially if it means you could provide an experience of a lifetime for your loved ones. Life is short, no matter who you are. There is plenty of time to procrastinate but now is the time to get things done that you always wanted to do. Or you could say, put it off for tomorrow...tomorrow is NOW, don't regret missing it...today will come to an end." ~ Trent Gibson
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.
"Navigating a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis affects the entire family. My husband and children have been fighting alongside me for 5 years. The vacation we experienced from Without Regrets gave us all joy and reminded us that life and love together are still possible and should continue to be our priority! Thank you!" ~Kristie McFarling
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 aggressive 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.
"There is no doubt this trip wouldn't have been possible without the Without Regrets organization and all those that gave their time and donations...We will be forever grateful!" ~ Linda Trantham
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
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