Philanthropists and supporters of Walk With Sally donned all white for its 11th annual White Light White Night fundraiser on July 22, 2017. This bright night featured Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and celebrated the perservering Walk With Sally children. The evening featured live music, food tastings from fine restaurants and an auction serving the mentorship program. Walk With Sally’s mission is to provide free mentoring support programs to children whose parents, guardians or siblings have cancer or succumbed to the disease.
The foundation was founded by Nick Arquette whose mother, Sally, was suffering from breast cancer when he was 11 years old. Sally was a single mother taking care of Nick and his brother when she was diagnosed, her condition worsened and the boys had to abruptly move to Idaho with their father as Sally no longer was able to care for them. Deeply saddened and confused, Nick longed for his peers to understand with his family’s struggle with cancer.
Years later at school, his friend Hossany had just lost his mother to cancer and Nick took it upon himself to provide emotional support to his friend. Hossany’s life changed for the better – his grades and outlook on life improved greatly. This became the motivation for Walk With Sally – to guide and support youth experiencing the same hardship with cancer. Nick Arquette started the foundation in 2005. Nick grew up to be an entrepreneur and has served the community immensely. His many comrades praise his organization and relentless efforts to help those affected by cancer.
One of Nick’s colleagues, Tony Drockton (CEO of Hammitt), praised Walk With Sally saying, “We love being a part of Nick’s Charity. Hammitt and Walk With Sally both started locally and have grown closer over the years. They bring the everyone together for a great cause, allow us to give back and remind us how lucky we are to be a part of such a great community, the South Bay.”