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Personalized events & experiences Helping Children Be Children®

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Who We Are
The Nicholas Colby Fund® has been uplifting the spirits of children with cancer. More

The Nicholas Colby Fund ®

Uplifts the spirits of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses creating opportunities to smile and enjoy the wonders of being a child.

It’s a continuing story of love, hope, caring, and inspiration. Cancer touched and took the life of a little boy, but it didn't take the spirit of a child full of hope and dreams. The hope he could feel like a normal child, the dreams of being free and simply playing & having fun.

Through special relationships with children's hospitals and organizations ranging from the Golden State Warriors professional basketball team, Samsonite international luggage company, local specialty markets like Diablo Foods, stores like Papyrus, and companies like ADMAC Digital Imaging, a unique community of people has been created enabling events & experiences to be delivered all year long to children.

And executives of the fund speak in corporate and community settings on behalf of research toward developing better treatments and finding cures for blood cancers.

Warriors Weekly TV Show

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The Nicholas Colby Fund® has been featured on the Golden State Warriors weekly TV show.

Click here to view a video of the Inaugural Nicholas Colby Fund® Basketball Clinic

We Get Mail
Our little boy James was diagnosed with leukemia (B-cell ALL) just over a year ago at the age of 5. We're a third of the way through active treatment at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and while it is still a battle, we count our blessings every day. One of James's dreams was to go see the Warriors play basketball - through your generosity and care we saw them win against Orlando a few weeks ago. James was ecstatic! Thank you for keeping Nicholas's memory alive and spreading joy throughout the lives of these children who are fighting every day.
- Caty
"I just want to share a sweet story with you. As you know, you very generously donated Warriors tickets for tonight's game. I was planning to offer them to a teenage boy, but unfortunately he couldn't go because his blood counts were too low. I had a couple other kiddos in mind, and I know how popular the Warriors are, so I wasn't too worried about finding a taker! "Then I got a phone call that someone was in the waiting area asking to see me. I went there and saw a 6yo little girl I have known for about a year now. She has a brain tumor and has had a very rough go. Her family is amazing and so supportive and I have NEVER heard the family complain or feel bad for themselves. "They were coming from a radiation appointment and just wanted to say hello. Anyways, my little friend was head to toe Warriors gear...Steph Curry shirt, Warriors pants and KD shoes! I had never seen her in anything but pink and purple so it was a new look for sure! I said to her dad, "wow, does she like basketball?" And the parents told me it's the one thing that's really keeping her going...she goes outside and dribbles a ball as often as she can. It's something positive and fun she can focus on and it has become her passion. Then it hit me, she needs to go to the game!! So I offered them the tickets and they couldn't have been more excited. They made me feel like a hero, but really, you and your foundation are the true heros. "Sorry for the long story, but it was such a happy, exciting thing for this family, and they really are so deserving of it. Thank you so much for giving our patients these amazing experiences. It makes a huge, and wonderful difference in their otherwise difficult lives...that I'm sure of. "Please pass on this story to anyone who might appreciate it. Thank you for taking such great care of our kiddos at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital."
- UCSF Child Life Specialist
We want to thank the Nicholas (Colby Fund) for making it possible for our family to attend the concerts. Our lives changed once our son passed away from cancer. We thought we would never have fun again after his passing but with those experiences we found ourselves smiling once again. The Nicholas (Colby Fund) has brought joy to our family.
Luis, Irma, and Sharon
Thank you for the amazing night we had! My son Baylor and his sister Maddie have a memory of their first Warriors game that will absolutely never be forgotten. They felt like VIP's from the very beginning. When I put the kids down for bed I asked them if they had a good time? Maddie said "This was one of the best nights of my life!" Thank you for making a positive memory for my whole family after such a difficult year!
I had a conversation recently with a woman (whose daughter is a) 2016 Light The Night Honored Hero. Lyndsay was telling me about the incredible experience that they had through the Nicholas Colby Fund, and she was practically star-struck when I mentioned that your family was involved with LLS and the Walk. It was clear that you had made an incredible, positive impact on (this) family.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Thank you Nicholas Colby Fund for giving our almost 4 year old daughter Ariana an amazing night out at the Circus last night! It was the first time she has been out anywhere besides the hospital since February when she was first diagnosed. When we told her we were going to the Circus, she said, "Mommy, can I get out of the car?" She danced, and laughed and had the best time!


The Nicholas Colby Fund Delivered Nearly 300 Smiles in 2017 - Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Nicholas Colby Fund creates personalized events and experiences for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, focused completely on uplifting their spirits. In 2017, the result was nearly 300 smiles including luxury suite experiences and backpacks for patients primarily from the three largest Northern California children’s hospitals: 

  • Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland 
  • Stanford – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
  • UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital 

 There was almost two dozen luxury suite experiences at Oracle Arena – a major entertainment venue in the San Francisco Bay Area – to enjoy NBA professional basketball via World Champion Golden State Warriors, Disney on Ice, Harlem Globetrotters, several concerts, and more.

We thank everyone supporting our work aligned with this quote from Walt Disney, "You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."