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Bite Me Cancer's mission is to fight cancer through inspiration, education and research. The main 2 goals are to support/inspire teenagers battling all cancers and to raise research funds and awareness for thyroid cancer.
Nikki was diagnosed with Medullary Thyroid Cancer in April 2010 when she was a junior at Chantilly High School in Virginia. From the very beginning, Nikki was determined to leverage her diagnosis for good. Within two weeks of her diagnosis she formed a Relay for Life team, which she named "Bite Me Cancer" and experienced immediate success. When Nikki decided to create a foundation a few months later, she wanted to continue the legacy of her team name and thus her foundation became the Bite Me Cancer Foundation. Research is a critical piece of our mission. We continually seek our funding from corporations, foundations and individuals, among others. We have invested in four direct thyroid cancer research grants and are currently raising funds for our fifth.
Nikki's determination to support/inspire teens with cancer came from her own experience as a teenager diagnosed with cancer. Teens "fall through the cracks" between the younger pediatric and older adult programs. They need specialized support. Nikki designed the Teen Support Bag to reach out to the teens to let them know they are not alone. The Teen Support Bags are delivered to teenagers in hospitals across the country while they undergo treatment. The Teen Support Bags include such items as an Amazon gift card, adult coloring book, stress ball, hat, journal, water bottle, game book and other age-appropriate items. Here is a speed video of one of our teen bag assembly events. As of mid-2017, over 3500 bags have been distributed to 35 states and DC and have brought smiles to the faces of teens with cancer across the country.