Nolan, a student at the UW, became a loyal front desk volunteer at the House after his own cancer went into remission. He channeled his desire to help others by providing comfort, understanding and healthy doses of laughter to those he came in contact with. He kept his own struggles to himself, but they clearly influenced his ability to relate to the challenges faced by children and families staying at the House.
When his cancer reappeared, he showed how well he understood the value of silly diversions and brought a full arsenal of Nerf guns to the hospital floor of Seattle Children’s where he was being admitted. Fellow patients and staff proceeded to enjoy a full-out battle where worries were temporarily vanquished and laughter ruled the day.
Sadly, Nolan lost his battle in 2012. On the date of his birthday, a year later, his parents, Sandy and Kyle, hosted a party to bring friends and family together in Nolan’s honor. This year, they decided to do what Nolan would likely do – go out and do something.
That is how, on July 29, Nolan’s family and friends gathered at the House to make dinner for families. On the menu: chicken broccoli alfredo, one of the dishes Nolan found most appetizing throughout his treatments. For dessert, his mom’s specialty, cake pops.
“Nolan was very passionate about helping others,” says Sandy. “No matter where he was in his treatment, if he felt well enough, he wanted to be out with others who either felt the same way or were busy doing something.”
Thank you to Nolan, his family and his friends, for keeping the House in their hearts and serving dinner with love.