Nick's Journey


As a pitcher at Lake Braddock Secondary School, Nick Balenger’s goals were on the mound – throwing strikes, focus, and the right grip of the baseball. Nick experienced great success as a ball player with a recent state championship with Lake Braddock Secondary School and playing on the Virginia Shamrocks Showcase Team.

On July 25, 2012, life changed for Nick.

The Balenger family headed to Hawaii for a family trip. The Balengers’ summer trip to Hawaii was supposed to be a homecoming, birthday party, graduation gift and family hurrah all in one, the last vacation they would take while the boys were still boys. On July 25, Nick misjudged the depth of the water while somersaulting into a wave in the Pacific Ocean. He hit sand.

He suffered from Spinal Cord Injury.

Nick has new goals today.  He now spends his day focused on moving his toes, laying flat on his stomach, moving his fingers and standing up. 

Nick has made great progress since his accident July 19th.  He has a long road ahead of him and needs your support as he embarks on his journey through rehabilitation.  You will see the word UNBREAKABLE as it relates to Nick Balenger.  Nothing is going to stop Nick from recovery. Be part of NICK NATION and join to cause!

NICK NATION will be conducting fundraisers and solicit donations for the much needed rehabilitation equipment for Nick, help with custodial care, and enable Nick to continue much needed physical and occupational therapy when insurance runs out. The average cost of expenses for an individual with a serious spinal cord injury in the first year ranges from over $228,000 to over $775,000.*  One hundred percent (100%) of the donation will go to paying Nick’s medical expenses or offset costs for his care.  

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