This September, a unique wish was granted to a 17-year-old Elk Grove teen, Nick, who battles a rare bone cancer. Nick’s wish was to pay it forward to a local charity - Zafia’s Family House. The organization was created by Zafia’s parents, Rebecca and Bob Fyfe, who wanted to create a “home away from home” for families with loved ones in local hospitals. Last Saturday, September 20, 2014, Nick’s wish came true and was able to celebrate the donation of $5,000 to help further the advancement of Zafia’s Family House.
Being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2013, Nick wished to raise awareness about childhood cancer. However, he felt his wish was too broad and impersonal. His frequent visits to the hospital allowed him to establish relationships with the “Kaiser gang” and his physician Dr. Kent Jolly who happened to be the Assistant Chairman of Zafia’s Family House. He learned about Zafia Fyfe, her similar struggle with osteosarcoma, and Zafia’s Family House. During this time, Nick finally found the answer he was looking for. He knew his wish would be to support Zafia’s Family House and their mission. “It really touched him because we have been through so much and he has gotten so close to families- so we know how hard it is to be at the hospital all the time,” says Rebecca Fyfe, President of Zafia’s Family House. “He has seen how important it is for families to have a comfortable place to stay.” Zafia, who lost her battle when she was 16, was also granted a wish. She and her parents were able to travel to Hawaii in 2005 for her wish.
The celebration of Nick’s wish was as special as the wish itself. Nick met Rebecca and Bob Fyfe for the first time and presented him with the $5,000 and they in turn, presented Nick with a box of tiles and paint that will be placed in Zafia’s Family House once it opens.
Nick’s mom Melissa said that Nick is now excited to start his senior year of high school cancer free after his last treatment in May. He says, “I’m glad I got cancer because it opened me up to this journey and I am now an advocate for others.”