Rypien Foundation Raises Funds to Support Childhood Cancer Programs

President of Legend Advisory Corporation Michael Quiel is also a supporter of local children’s charities. Michael Quiel particularly appreciates the work of the Rypien Foundation, to which he has donated more than $2 million in assets.

A non-profit based in Spokane, Washington, the Rypien Foundation helps families who are affected by childhood cancer. The organization is named after NFL athlete Mark Rypien, who is also a Super Bowl MVP. Following his football career, Rypien lost his son to cancer. To keep his son’s spirit alive, he founded the Rypien Foundation in 2004. Raising funds through charitable events, the foundation is able to support programs and community groups that work toward improving the quality of life and health of children with cancer.

Among the events the Rypien Foundation benefits from each year are Ride the Bases, Shalde Park Men’s Basketball Alumni Game, and Zak!Charity Open. An annual golfing tournament, the Zak!Charity Open is hosted by Zak Design. In 2013, the golf event raised more than half a million dollars to be benefit the Rypien Foundation, as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County.


Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Wish Granting Process Brings Happiness

Executive Michael Quiel dedicates much of his spare time to contributing to charitable causes. Michael Quiel is a regular donor to the Rypien Foundation, Phoenix Youth, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation begins the wish-granting process by reviewing referrals sent in by parents, children, and medical professionals. Nominated children must be over the age of two and a half and younger than 18 at the time of the referral. The organization’s committee evaluates the child’s medical eligibility to determine if he or she has a degenerative, progressive, or malignant condition that is life-threatening.

After being approved for a wish, a trained Make-A-Wish team visits the child to discuss his or her dream experience. The team members encourage the child to be imaginative and help him or her to truly discover what life-changing event or person would bring them joy and inspiration. To make the child’s wish a reality, the foundation coordinates with individuals and other organizations as needed. Then, the child is invited for a memorable day living out their wish.