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  • 5th Annual Owen Wicks Scholarship Award Recipient

    On June 9th, the fifth annual Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Emily Lerch. Emily graduated from Brentsville District High School in Nokesville, Virginia in May 2020.

    Award presented around the 1:52 mark of the video

    This scholarship is in remembrance of 16 year old, Owen Wicks, who fought and lost his battle with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2012. The Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship recognizes students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Science and who also displays a compassion for helping others within their community. This award is to help ensure that Owen’s sense of humor, perseverance in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and passion for helping others are his legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

    Emily was awarded this scholarship based on her plans to attend the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing at Shenandoah University. Emily’s compassion for helping others, volunteer work at school and within the community, and her desire to study nursing in college was an inspiration to us all.

    There is a quote by John Wesley on the scholarship award that exemplifies both Owen and Emily’s commitment to helping others:

    “Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, at all the times you can,

    With all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can”

    Please join us in congratulating Emily on her scholarship award.  We wish her all the best as she pursues her dreams.

  • 5th Annual Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship (now accepting applicants)

    Details: This scholarship is in remembrance of 16 year old, Owen Wicks, who fought and lost his battle with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2012. The Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship recognizes students pursuing continuing education (college or trade school) in (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering or Math, who also displays a compassion for helping others within their community. This award is to help ensure that Owen’s sense of humor, perseverance in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and passion for helping others are his legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

    Requirements:  Graduating 2020 Brentsville High School student planning to attend College or Trade School to further their education in the STEM.  Must be actively involved in community service.

    Submissions:  Please send an essay detailing your community service involvement, why you plan to study Science/Medicine, and how you plan to use both your service and studies in the future.  Essays should be no longer than 2 pages and submitted to WestRashCharities@gmail.com no later than April 5, 2020 (DEADLINE Extended due to COVID- 19  – to April 30, 2020).

    Award:  $1,000 scholarship award

  • KAYCEE starts now. Kaycee is a 14 year old with metastatic #osteosarcoma and is an amputee.

    Make it Better MISSION: Kaycee

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB Agents to complete a Make It Better Mission for 14 year old pediatric cancer fighter Kaycee.  Kaycee has Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and an inoperable lung tumor.  

    Kaycee’s Make It Better MISSION:

    Kaycee would like to visit Vermont, have some fun with her family and enjoy a sleigh ride.

    About Kaycee:

    Kaycee is a 14 year old with metastatic #osteosarcoma and is an amputee. She loves baking shows, baking, cooking, shopping and cancer camp. For her mission, she would like to visit Vermont, have some fun with her family (including her two sisters ages 17 & 10) and enjoy a sleigh ride.

    How You Can Help:

    Donations can be made on our website or at  http://bit.ly/MIBmission Your donations will go towards sending Kaycee and her family to Vermont. Together we can make it better. #BecauseofKaycee 

    Background on MIB Agents and WestRash Charities:

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB to help kids like our son Owen, who we lost to Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in April of 2012 at the age of sixteen.  MIB works to fulfill MISSIONS aka“mini” wishes for osteosarcoma patients around the country. WestRash will work with MIB to try and fill as many of these wishes as possible.  Both WestRash Charities and MIB Agents are 501 (c)(3) Non Profits that are 100% Volunteer Organizations. Thank you for being a part of this MISSION!    Follow our Facebook page for updates and photos of current MISSIONS underway.
  • Legos collected for kids cancer

    Blocks of Hope – Donate old LEGOs for Kids Cancer

    Clearing out old toys that your kids no longer play with? Creating space for new toys before the holiday season? We are currently collecting used LEGOs that will be repackaged and sold to raise funds for families needing assistance affording pediatric cancer treatments.

    How did this project start?

    While cleaning out our basement we divided up a variety of toys into donate, recycle or trash piles – we debated what to do with a bin of old LEGOs with our kids (ages 16 & 10).  The conversation went something like this:

    Me: “Well the Legos are perfectly usable but I’m not sure who will accept them for donations.”

    Zach: “We should donate them to the hospital so kids like Owen can play with them while they are stuck there getting chemo or whatever.”

    Me: “I love the idea but I think most pediatric cancer hospitals only take new unopened toys because of germs, etc…”

    The conversation moves on to other toys and whether to donate/trash/recycle. 

    A few hours later:

    Zach (holding up his cell phone): So I found this place that takes old LEGOs, repackages them and sells them. The money is used to help families with kids battling cancer afford treatments.

    Mason: “Let’s do that. Owen would like that.”

    Parents: “Yes, he would.”  

    Zach: “I bet some of our friends have old LEGOs – we could probably collect and send those too.”

    And that’s how this whole project started. 

    As of (12/10/19) the boys have collected 109.6 pounds of LEGOs for donation. 

    Want to donate old LEGOs?

    If you live in Northern Virginia – Contact Us for LEGOs drop-off or pick up. 

    Not local to us? No worries – Contact Us and we’ll tell you how to donate ship them for free.  (Note: free shipping requires 10 pounds)

     

    I have a club/group/organization that would like to help out.

    Since this was Zach’s idea – we’re letting him take the lead on this service project. He would love any and all help in collecting used LEGOs. He would also be happy to come talk to your group about our charity and explain why pediatric cancer research & support is so important to him. 

     

    What kind of LEGOs can I donate?

    We will take any hodgepodge assortment of LEGOs you have lying around that you would like to donate.  Not sure if they are the “correct” brand? No worries.  The LEGOS will be sorted out once they are received.

     

    Can I just recycle my old LEGOs?

    Probably not. LEGOs are mostly made of ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic.  LEGO pieces can’t go in your recycling bin unless your community accepts the unmarked plastics or the plastic with the mysterious #7 “other plastics” code. Many cities with recycling programs still sort out LEGOs when they are collected and dump them in landfills where they sit for millions of years! Luckily, we have another way you can recycle  and feel good about your LEGOs donation. 

     

    Tell me more about your charity.

    WestRash Charity is a family owned 501 c3 charity. Over the years we have raised thousands of dollars for a variety of organizations and causes. In 2010 our charity became primarily focused on raising awareness, support and funds for pediatric cancer when our oldest son/grandson/nephew Owen was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer).  Owen courageously fought and lost his battle with cancer in April 2012 at the age of 16. His two year battle is chronicled here.

    Owen and his younger brothers

                                              Owen and his younger brothers

     

     

  • 2 boxes of prizes and activities

    Small Acts of Kindness: HALLOWEEN

    In memory of our son Owen, whose favorite holiday was Halloween, two boxes of toys, prizes and activities are heading to Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital today.  The hope is that these boxes will provide smiles to children stuck in the hospital over the holiday. 

    Interested in participating?  Check out your local Children’s Hospital’s website for their list of suggested items that can be donated. 

    Having spent many holidays “stuck” in the hospital during Owen’s treatment – we can attest to these small acts of kindness bringing joy to kids and families in treatment.  

  • mission SETH

    Make it Better MISSION:SETH

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB Agents to complete a Make It Better Mission for 16 year old pediatric cancer fighter Seth.  Seth has Osteosarcoma (bone cancer).  

    Seth’s Make It Better MISSION:

    Seth would like to travel to Seattle to the Seattle Seahawks home, tour the FunkoPop Factory and spend time with his family.  

    About Seth:

    Seth is a 16 year old boy from Texas. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2017.  Seth has metastatic osteosarcoma and is in hospice care.

    How You Can Help:

    Donations can be made on our website or at  https://www.donorbox.org/mission-seth Your donations will go towards sending Seth and his family to Seattle to the Seattle Seahawks home and  tour the FunkoPop Factory.  Together we can make it better. #BecauseofSeth 

    Background on MIB Agents and WestRash Charities:

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB to help kids like our son Owen, who we lost to Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in April of 2012 at the age of sixteen.  MIB works to fulfill MISSIONS aka“mini” wishes for osteosarcoma patients around the country. WestRash will work with MIB to try and fill as many of these wishes as possible.  Both WestRash Charities and MIB Agents are 501 (c)(3) Non Profits that are 100% Volunteer Organizations. Thank you for being a part of this MISSION!    Follow our Facebook page for updates and photos of current MISSIONS underway.
  • MISSION:Jayden

    Make it Better MISSION: Jayden

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB Agents to complete a Make It Better Mission for 14 year old pediatric cancer fighter Jayden.  Jayden has Osteosarcoma (bone cancer).  

    Jayden’s Make It Better MISSION:

    Jayden would like to have a fun family experience with favorites Nickelodeon and soccer team FC Barcelona.

    About Jayden:

    Jayden is a 14 year old boy from Florida. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2017.  Jayden is limited in activities due to spinal tumors causing paralysis.  Please act now.  Time is short and our mission is clear.

    How You Can Help:

    Donations can be made on our website or at  https://www.donorbox.org/mission-jayden

    Your donations will go towards creating an amazing family experience for Jayden and his two sisters. Together we can make it better. #BecauseofJayden 

    Background on MIB Agents and WestRash Charities:

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB to help kids like our son Owen, who we lost to Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in April of 2012 at the age of sixteen.  MIB works to fulfill MISSIONS aka“mini” wishes for osteosarcoma patients around the country. WestRash will work with MIB to try and fill as many of these wishes as possible.  Both WestRash Charities and MIB Agents are 501 (c)(3) Non Profits that are 100% Volunteer Organizations.

    Thank you for being a part of this MISSION!

  • MISSION: KENZY

    Make it Better MISSION:Kenzy

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB Agents to complete a Make It Better Mission for 17 year old pediatric cancer fighter Kenzy.  Kenzy has Osteosarcoma (bone cancer).  

    Kenzy’s Make It Better MISSION:

    Kenzy would like to take a trip to Hollywood/LA with her mom, six siblings and hospice Nurse. Kenzy wants to see the ocean and have a Hollywood experience. She will be traveling to Los Angeles from May 21-24. There are surprises in store for the 22nd, and we need something amazing for her to do on May 23rd. 

    About Kenzy:

    Kenzy is a 17 year old girl from Iowa. She has been battling osteosarcoma (bone cancer) since 2011 when it was discovered in her left leg. Kenzy has endured bone cancer, a leg amputation and lung metastases. Her time now is short and we need your help.

    How You Can Help:

    Donations can be made on our website or at  https://donorbox.org/mission-kenzy

    Your donations will go towards creating an amazing LA trip for Kenzy and her family. Together we can make it better. #BecauseofKenzy 

    Background on MIB Agents and WestRash Charities:

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB to help kids like our son Owen, who we lost to Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in April of 2012 at the age of sixteen.  MIB works to fulfill MISSIONS aka“mini” wishes for osteosarcoma patients around the country. WestRash will work with MIB to try and fill as many of these wishes as possible.  Both WestRash Charities and MIB Agents are 501 (c)(3) Non Profits that are 100% Volunteer Organizations.

    Thank you for being a part of this MISSION!

  • 1st annual Owen Wicks Scholarship Awardee

    Congratulations Ashley Westmoreland

    In 2014, we awarded our first annual Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship to Ashley Westmoreland of Remington, VA.

    This past December, Ashley graduated with honors from George Mason University with a degree in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. Ashley is now working as a lab technician in a genetic diagnostic program as she continues to work towards her dream of becoming a #Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) Research Doctor.

    We are so proud of all that you have accomplished so far Ashley. We can’t wait to see all the amazing things you continue to do.