Nicholas won the hearts of many as he underwent difficult and painful therapies with a brave smile and positive outlook. Biker’s Fighting Cancer was there to help celebrate after the group raised approximately $1000 to assist with getting Nicholas to and from his medical appointments. BFC President Pat (Chemo) Healey, a cancer survivor himself, said, “Nicholas was an inspiration to all of us. He truly embodied our Club’s motto of ‘Never Give Up.” There has been an account set up at Bank of America under Nickolas’ name so that donations can still come in to assist the family with doctor bills that remain.
Bikers Fighting Cancer was established in 2002 in California by an 11-year-old boy, Ray, and 49-year-old Patrick Healy. Both were fighting for their lives. Ray told Pat when he grew older he wanted to ride motorcycles and belong to a bike club. Pat suggested to Ray that they should start their own club right away.
Ray designed the patch, name of the club and the slogan “Never Give Up.” Ray hated the Grim Reaper so he drew the Reaper with the circle and slash to symbolize banning death. Pat turned Ray’s wishes into reality and the BFC was born.
Two patches were made and worn by Ray and Pat. Ray died at age 12 and was buried in his vest and patch. Since then, the club has grown. The North Sound Chapter is based in Bellingham with a couple of small but growing chapters in South Puget Sound and Baker City Oregon.
Currently BFC sponsors and raises funds for 4 children in Washington and 1 in Oregon.
“The patch was designed by a child and worn by one of bravest children I have ever met. Nicholas, unlike Ray, has won his fight with the Reaper and exemplifies how one small child can stand up to this deadly threat. We will wear our Club’s patch until a cure is found and no more children suffer,” added Healy.
In 2006, BFC became a non-profit organization and is a recognized charity in Washington State and current awaiting the acceptance of National recognition. All members volunteer their time and resources to help children with cancer and their families who are struggling tying to make ends meet.
For more information contact: www.bikersfightingcancer.org
Bikers Fighting Cancer, 336 36th St #234 Bellingham WA 98225
Or President, South Sound Chapter, Putt Putt at 206.795.3479
ABOVE PHOTO – First row from the left: Kyle Perry, Elizabeth Perry, the Saliveros Family; Nikohlas, Andreus, Trish & Yelena, and Brett Saliveros. Second Row: “Jennybug”, Chris Saliveros, President South Sound Chapter “Putt Putt”, “Trigger. Third row: Sergeant at Arms “Scooter”, “Shaggy, and BFC National President Patrick “Chemo” Healy far right in back row. Photographer: Mark Nielson