Our organization was founded in 2012. Our mission is to support the members of our community in their time of need, and work towards a greater good. We are tireless in our efforts to give various forms of assistance to families battling Leukemia and other life threatening situations that result in long term ICU stays. We help those seeking help in a time of need. Our non-profit organization serves people of all races, creeds, and religions. We do not discriminate. We merely support our fellow citizens, and serve as a guiding light.
Our volunteer base is growing at a steady pace. With this growth, we have been able to accomplish more, and have a larger impact upon our community. We welcome new volunteers with open arms. Please inquire today about how you can become a cherished part of Team Nicholas.
The Team Nicholas Motto:
Nothing is Impossible...I'm Possible!
3607 Thoroughbred Lane
Joliet, IL 60435
What is Team Nicholas?
Nicholas R. Veghts was diagnosed with mixed type Leukemia on July 4, 2011. After months of treatment at University Of Chicago Comer's Children's Hospital, his Leukemia was in remission by Thanksgiving. On December 3rd, Nicholas was admitted at Comer's for a fever. Within 24 hours he developed pneumonia and an Apergillious infection. The next three months were spent in the PICU battling brain bleeds, lung collapses, various aliments and finally Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. After 11 weeks of being in a medically induced coma and on two different ventilators, he awoke to continue his battle. The next two weeks were filled with ups and downs as Nicholas would wake up to see, communicate and move his limbs. Finally on February 28, 2012, his lungs could take no more and he passed away in his Mother's arms surrounded by his Father and Grandparents.
Team Nicholas was started by a group of Mom's at his school in Plainfield Illinois, looking to do anything they can to help the Veghts family. Through their efforts and the generosity of many families, funds were raised along with community awareness of this little man's battle. The funds were more than enough to help the Veghts family and thus the family made the commitment to help other families going through similar battles at Comer's Hospital.
Starting in the spring of 2012, the Team Nicholas Fund will be an official charity with the purpose of providing comfort and aid to families going through the toughest battle of their lives.