NICK BALENGER

How You Can Help

 

There are many ways to become a part of Nick Nation!  Our goal is to remind Nick and the Balengers that they are not alone in their journey.  There is a way for everyone to help.  You can:

  • Make a monetary donation.  No family plans for this type of catastrophic injury to a child and, unfortunately, health insurance coverage is quite limited.  The Balengers will face enormous out-of-pocket expenses associated with Nick’s Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), such as rehabilitation that will not be covered by their health insurance plan, at-home nursing/custodial care, medical and adaptive equipment, and more.   Per the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s statistics on SCIs, “Average yearly expenses can range from $228,566 to $775,567 in the first year. Estimated lifetime costs due to spinal cord injury can range from $681,843 to over $3 million for a 25 year old.” [i] 

Please consider making a donation to help offset the costs of Nick’s uncovered expenses by sending checks to "Nicholas S. Balenger Trust".  Please include in the memo line "Deposit XXXX1809".  Checks should be mailed to Northwest Federal Credit Union, PO Box 1610, Vienna, VA 20172.

  • Display Nick Nation Fan Wear – there are bracelets, magnets and t-shirts available for purchase.  These are a great way to show your support and spread the word about Nick’s journey.  Look for these items at high school football games or contact Sabeena Hickman at sabeenahickman@yahoo.com.

 

  • Consider volunteering some time to be on our Nick Nation team – we need help staffing and spreading the word about our many fundraising events.  Please contact Kirsten Freeborne at freeborne@verizon.net  if you would like to share your time.
  • Become a sponsor at the golf tournament We ask that you take action and support Lake Braddock senior baseball player, Nick Balenger on his road to recovery.  To become a hole sponsor and take part in this sold-out community event for a great cause!  For more information, click here.

  • Provide an Auction or Raffle Item -  We are accepting donations for our silent auction to be held at a Four Seasons dinner event.  Items could include vacation homes, golf outings, sports memorabilia, gifts or any other items we can include in the silent auction.  Likewise, we are always accepting donations for raffles and prizes at events such as gift cards.  If you would like to make a donation, have questions or want to discuss ideas, please contact Chris Bachman at c.bachman@verizon.net.  
  •  Share some words of support - Write a card to Nick to show your support!  As you can see from the picture, Nick’s wall in the hospital has become one giant get well card!  These cards are a daily, visual reminder to Nick that so many people – some he knows well and some he has never met – stand behind him on his road to recovery.  You can also visit his CaringBridge site and post a message on his Guestbook.

 

ANY WAY YOU CHOOSE TO HELP, PLEASE KNOW THAT YOUR SUPPORT BY JOINING NICK NATION HELPS ”FUEL” NICK AND THE BALENGER FAMIILY
IS MUCH APPRECIATED!



[i] http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.mtKZKgMWKwG/b.5184189/k.5587/Paralysis_Facts__Figures.htm.

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