We've Been there, we know.

How do we know? 


We lived it! Our founder, Deanna Wicklund, was suddenly diagnosed with ALL leukemia on August 21, 2013. Her leukemia was so advanced that she needed to leave immediately for treatment at Dana Farber/Brigham Women’s in Boston. She left behind her 4 children while she was primarily in-patient receiving chemo and eventually her stem-cell transplant in Nov. 2013 from a Be The Match donor. Eventually, returning home prior to Christmas to rebuild her body and immune system. Diagnosis’s like these cause a tremendous strain on resources and people. Without the support of her husband, his parents, and our community, the care of their family would not have been possible.


While in treatment, our community gathered a Light the Night team. There began the origins of what is now the 

Wicklund Warriors. This is how we pay it forward.

Wicklund Warriors is a 501c3 charity that provides financial support to local residents battling blood cancers.

We work directly with social workers in hospitals and cancer centers across the Northeast to identify clinically diagnosed patients in the Capital Region who are facing financial difficulty. 


How We Help?

Funds raised through our annual Stemcellebrations are distributed to verified patients in grants of up to $2,000.

This vital support helps them keep up with co-pays, cost-of-living expenses, lodging, groceries, and transportation

to treatment-related transplant centers.

Follow us on FB and Instagram to what we do everyday: @wicklundwarriors.


John Petersen

VP Fundraising

Jennifer Carron

VP Sponsorship 

Deanna Wicklund


Elissa Freyer


Jeff Wicklund




Michelle Dischiavo

Outreach Coordinator

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