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  • 3rd Annual Owen Wicks Scholarship Award

    On May 25th, the third annual Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Kayla Stannard a senior at Brentsville District High School in Nokesville, VA.

    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.

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    Kayla was awarded this scholarship based on her plans to attend the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing program this fall.  Kayla has been active in community service and helping others since she was young.  Her most recent accomplishments are being the president of Beta Club, SCA Secretary, Rho Kappa Vice President, Medical Club Neonatal Head Chair, a member of NHS and an EMT for the Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department.

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    There is a quote by John Wesley on the scholarship award that exemplfies both Owen and Kayla’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 Kayla on her scholarship award and wishing her the best in fulfilling her dreams.

  • 3rd 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 Science or Medicine, 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 2016 Brentsville High School student planning to attend College or Trade School to further  their education in the fields of Science or Medicine.  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 May 18th, 2016.

    Award:  $1,000 scholarship award

  • 13th Annual WestRash Charity Golf Tournament

    The WestRash Charity Golf Tournament is our primary event and the reason our organization was founded. In the spring of 2002, our family came together to discuss organizing a golf tournament that would not only be fun but could also give back to our local community. This year we proudly celebrated our 13th annual charity golf event by raising over $22,000 for local charities including: Children’s National Medical Center  (Pediatric Cancer Research), CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocacy), and other local charitable organizations.

    Check out our photos to see how much fun we all had:

     

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    These kids ran the charity bake sale, managed contest holes, and participated in our event: 

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    Their charity bake sale held raised the highest donation amount to date –  $700!

    We want to personally thank all of our Sponsors for contributing to the success of our event:

    • Logis-Tech Inc
    • Executive Moving Company
    • RW Murray
    • GolfSmith
    • Route 1 GMC
    • Splash Consulting
    • Kathy Bailey Irevocable Trust
    • The Silvers Family
    • The Senter Family
    • The Powers Family
    • The Westenhofer Family
    • The Grable Family
    • The Colwell Family
    • The Campbell Family
    • The Clark Family
    • The O’Donoghue Family
    • Peggy Sutherland
    • Angel Bryan & Family
    • Cevet Adams
    • Mel Horton
    • Jason Brewer
    • Edward Shepardson

    And finally a shout out to our wonderful volunteers.  We could not have done it without your help!

    • Adi Westenhofer
    • Angela Bryan
    • Emma Bryan
    • Leslie Simpson
    • Caroline Mewes
    • Jonathan Mewes
    • Victoria Mewes
    • Caroline Silvers
    • Tracie Silvers
    • Peggy Sutherland

  • In my dreams

    In my dreams you are 5 years old, you hair is the color of summer wheat and your eyes sparkle green in the light. You are laughing and running from me… looking over your shoulder waiting for me to catch you. I chase you but not too quickly.  I love seeing your smile and how pleased you are with yourself that you are outrunning me. But eventually I catch up to you. I pull you up into my arms and swing you around in the air laughing. You lean back and stretch your arms out towards the sky in pure joy as we twirl… then you look back at me, reaching.  I bring you in close. I breathe in your scent. And for a moment time stands still and I think how lucky I am and how perfect the day is….

    But then slowly something starts pulling at the edge of my consciousness. There is an unsettling, a whisper that I can’t quite hear. I feel myself grow tense. My heart starts to race. I am confused and become anxious. I hold you tighter trying to protect you. While my mind searches, trying to make sense.

    Then the images start to filter in. Each like an individual photograph that has been captured in time.

    And I am no longer holding you… you are no longer 5 years old. You are standing in front of me…. older but your age becomes undefinable.

    I start to back away, angry. The images of your life become sharper, as I begin to remember the details.

    “What is this?” I say.

    You say “Mom, it’s me.”

    NO“, I say. “Where is your scar?” “You have a scar that travels the length of your arm.”

    My mind starts to fight for consciousness, I do not want to be here.

    “You had cancer” I say to him

    And he just watches me now. His eyes patient. His mouth is a quiet smile.

    His eyes just search mine.. waiting.

    My mind screams out. Suddenly, I am awake. Tears streaming down my face. I’m crying so hard that I can’t breathe. I’m shaking uncontrollably. I stare up at the ceiling and silently beg God, the universe, to just make it stop. I want to let out scream but there is no sound that could match the pain.

    You died. YOU LEFT ME.

    Years have passed since I watched you take your last breath. Everyone says the pain will get easier… I think “everyone” hasn’t lost a child.

    I want to tell you that I’m sorry… That I’m sorry I couldn’t protect you and keep you safe. That I’m sorry I lied when I said “you would be ok”. And in the end, I’m sorry that I lied when I said “I would be ok”.040616_1316_Ayearwithou2

     

    I asked your brothers how they thought we should honor you today…They said we should spend the day having fun and being silly because that’s what you would want. So that’s what we’ll do… because we can’t be with you.  And tonight we will light a candle and blow it out at 10:15 PM as we remember how much we have lost in losing you…

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    I love you Owen,

    Mom

     

    This post is in remembrance of  Owen Wicks – our son, grandson, nephew, cousin, brother – who lost his life to pediatric cancer (Osteosarcoma) on April 6th, 2012 at the age of 16.
    You are so loved and missed.

     

  • Registration for 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Now Open

    Our 13th Annual Charity Golf Event Registration is now open.    This year’s event will benefit  CASA of Greater Prince William County (CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates who are volunteers specially trained to be advocates for abused, neglected and abandoned children whose cases are before the court.)  and Children’s National Medical Center, Center for Cancer and Immunology Research (to carry out groundbreaking fundamental and clinical research to benefit children with cancer)

    We are looking for Sponsors, Players and Volunteers to help support our event.  Please visit our Golf Event Registration page for details

  • UPDATE: WestRash Charities 4th Annual Fall Festival Postponed until October 11th, 2015

     

    Due to the rain expected this week and the potential for very ugly weather this weekend, we are postponing our event until the following weekend, October 11th, 2015. Everything else should remain the same!

    Our 4th Annual Fall Festival benefiting Children’s National Medical Center, Pediatric Cancer Research and Family Support, has been scheduled for October 11th, 2015.  This event will be held at the Greater Manassas Baseball Fields on Godwin Drive in Manassas, VA.  This years event will include:

    Owen’s Walk to Remember Angels & Warriors – in honor our fallen Angel, Owen Wicks, and other children who are currently battling or have lost their battle with cancer.

    Muti-Tiered Wiffle Ball Tournament

    Carnival Games

    Food

    Vendors

    …. and a whole lot of fun.

    Details about this event can be found on our Fall Festival page.

    Wanted: Sponsors, Teams, Players, Walkers, & Volunteers  🙂

  • 2nd Annual Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship (Now Accepting Applicants)

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    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 Science or Medicine, who also displays a compassion for helping others within their community. This award is to help ensure that Owen’s sense of humor, perserverance in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and passion for helping others are his legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

    Requirements:  Graduating 2015 Brentsville High School student planning to attend College or Trade School to further  their education in the fields of Science or Medicine.  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 May 3rd, 2015.

    Award:  $1,000 scholarship award

     

  • WestRash Charities Winter 2015 Newsletter

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    Enjoy our latest newsletter.  

    Inside, you will find information on the various organizations and programs your donations help to fund in 2014, as well as details on our upcoming 2015 events.

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  • Save the Date: Owen’s Walk to Remember Angels & Warriors

    Walk for Pediatric Cancer and Family Fun Festival

    Benefits:     Children’s National Medical Center    (Pediatric Cancer Research and Family Support)

    Date:  Sunday October 12th, 2014

    Time:  Noon – 3PM

    Location:   Brentsville District High School
    12109 Aiden Road
    Nokesville, VA 20181
     

    Registration Fee:  None this event is open to everyone.  If you would like to make a donation the following are suggestions:

    • Adults – (18 and over) – $20
    • Teen – (11-17) – $10
    • Child – (3-10) – $5
    • Under 2 – Free

    (Your donation entitles you to a lunch meal ticket)

     

    Sponsorship opportunities available,please contact us at westrashcharities@gmail.com.   

    Any donation both small and large is profoundly appreciated.  We will happily list all sponsors in our event marketing materials.  Any donations greater than $100 will receive a customized sign placed at along the track at our event recognizing the contribution, which our attendees will see during the walk for pediatric cancer. 

     

    Event Schedule and Times:

    11:30 AM – Gates Open

    Noon – Opening Ceremony

    12:15 – Walk

    4 laps (1 mile) around the track as the DJ keeps everyone moving with upbeat music; as we remember those children who have lost their lives to and those that are still in the battle against  pediatric cancer

    12:30 – Lunch available 

    12:30 PM – Family Fun Activities

    Kids Fun Run, Wacky Relay Races, Cornholes Tournament, Face Painting, Henna Tattoos, Balloon Animals, Tarot Card Readings, Photo Booth, Caricatures, Local Artists & Craft vendors, and Carnival Games ~ just to name a few.

    3PM – Event ends

    We Love Our Sponsors!

     

    Gold Level Sponsors : over $500

     

    Silver Level Sponsors: $250 – $500

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    Bronze Level Sponsors: $100- $250

     

    Food, Prizes & Raffle Sponsors:

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    Who is Owen?

    Owen is the son, grandson and nephew of the WestRash Charities Board of Directors.  He was actively involved in WestRash Charities from it’s inception in 2002, raising thousands of dollars yearly for various charitable organization through his volunteer work and hosting a kid-run bake sale.  In June 2010, Owen was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his arm after weeks of nursing what we all thought was a minor sports injury from playing baseball.  He immediately started receiving aggressive chemotherapy and underwent surgery to remove the tumor.   In March 2011, we were all elated to hear that there was no evidence of disease remaining in Owen, and that he could go on being a typical teenage boy.

    Only to be devastated months later to learn that cancer had returned with a vengeance in his lungs.  Owen would go on to have numerous more surgeries and various chemo-therapies in attempt to win his battle with cancer.  In November 2011, we learned that none of the standard chemo-therapies were having an effect and it was recommended that we move onto Phase 1 trial drugs.   A few months later, at the age of 16, Owen passed away at home surrounded by family and loved ones.

    In a discussion with Owen prior to his passing during one of his numerous chemo treatments he stated “I am the battlefield not the soldier”.  So while we continue to refer to him and other children as warriors when fighting cancer.  He understood even as a teenager,  that it was the doctors, researchers, advocates, etc that truly are the warriors in this wage against childhood cancer and that these kids, our kids, are the battlegrounds we are fighting for.

    So our walk is our vow to continue to honor those that are courageously fighting by continuing to provide funding for the advancement of pediatric cancer research and treatments.  Raising Funds, Awareness, and Hope, Locally

    And if we can have a little fun doing so then even better…

  • 1st Annual Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship Award

    This past weekend, the first annual Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Ashley Westmoreland of Remington, VA.

    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, perserverance in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and passion for helping others are his legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

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    Ashley was awarded this scholarship based on her plans to attend Christopher Newport University, where she plans to study Pre-Medical Biology.  She has also been active in community service to include being an active volunteer for WestRash Charities since it’s inception in 2002.  Her efforts in assisting our charity by managing and running our annual kids’ bake sale has raised tens of thousands of dollars for CASA Prince William County and Children’s National Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders‘ pediatric cancer research.

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    Below is an essay Ashley wrote that touch all of our hearts here:

    For most people, their inspiration may come from a parent, a grandparent, or even a celebrity, but my inspiration comes from my best friend, Owen Wicks. Albert Einstein once said, “In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.” Many people go through difficult times but the most successful of them find a light, even in the darkest of times. In 2010, Owen was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, at just fourteen years old. He immediately began aggressive chemotherapy treatments and appeared to be healing. A year later, he had defeated the deadly killer and survived cancer. We all celebrated his perseverance and strong determination through every obstacle. However, the cancer returned a short three months later and the treatments were becoming more harmful than helpful and he was taken off of them. Owen passed away in April 2012 at only sixteen years old.

    Every day I remember how much strength, compassion, and love he had throughout his mighty battle. Every day I am inspired by the mark he left on this world and all the people he had touched in such a short amount of time. Owen, along with all the other children battling cancer in the world, have inspired me to make use of my passion for science. This fall I plan to attend Christopher Newport University and will study Pre-Medical Biology. After four years of college, I plan to continue my education in medical school and take the appropriate steps to become a Pediatric Oncologist. I want to spend my life researching safer methods of treating these cancers because adult treatments cannot continue to be used on children. Every day is a difficult battle, but like Einstein said, there is opportunity within this difficulty and I am longing to take advantage of this prime opportunity to become a Pediatric Oncologist to find safer treatments and eventually a cure. I would never be where I am today without the inspiration from my best friend to always persevere through obstacles, have compassion for others, and be determined to be the best at whatever I choose to do because life is too short to be just average.

    There is a quote by John Wesley on the scholarship award that exemplfies both Owen and Ashley’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 Ashley on her scholarship award and wishing her the best in fulfilling her dreams.