Nicholas James Murphy will not be forgotten. Thank you, Nick, on this Memorial Day for your service to this country and the sacrifices you made and the bravery you showed. We will never forget. We are happy to report that the 2018 Fairways for the Armed Forces golf outing to be held on June 11, 2018 at Mt. Hawley Country Club will again be one of the premier golf outings in Central Illinois this summer.
It is unbelievable to me how much we can do and how we are doing it.
We are going to exponentially expand what help we can give over the next year. Once we get everything worked out properly from a paperwork standpoint and from an ability to properly apply for grants, we will be hiring full time attorneys and staff for Nick’s Foundation and pro bono clinic and will be taking it statewide. No one else can offer free or reduced rate family law legal services to veterans and active duty military like we can. That is our future at the Foundation.
So when I say we can save lives, I mean it.
The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is proud to announce that two educational scholarships will be granted to one male and one female senior who have been a student-athlete at Dunlap High School. These awards will be given out at the end of this school year and announced on June 11, 2018 at the 2018 Fairways for Nick’s Foundation golf outing.
Dunlap High School and The Children’s Hospital of Illinois present the 2nd Annual Gameball Run this Saturday, February 10 at the Dunlap vs. Washington boys’ basketball game. All proceeds from the event will be directed to the Nicholas Murphy Memorial Fund at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in honor of former Dunlap student and athlete, Nick Murphy.
Pediatric cancer is an ugly disease. The scars, both physical and emotional, are deep and can last a lifetime. Today, roughly 80% of kids survive their cancer diagnosis. It’s amazing! But it is only half the story. It’s no longer enough to just fight the cancer cells. The Heller Center for Kids with Cancer is dedicated to making sure these children and families don’t just survive, but thrive.
Nick Murphy never quit trying. No matter what he set his mind to, he tried his best to achieve it. That did not always mean that he succeeded. In fact, he did not. When Nick told us he wanted to try and become a Navy SEAL, we thought he was a little bit crazy because he was not a high school swimmer, was not a long distance runner, and was only 5' 7" tall and weighed 145 pounds soaking wet. The one thing he was, however, was a great athlete, very smart and totally driven to succeed. There was also one thing we never questioned. And that was Nick's heart, his work ethic, his dedication, his love of our country, and his belief that "through God nothing was impossible".