Click the play button to hear from Raymond Mohler of Little St. Nick Foundation.
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When Raymond Mohler was just 4 years old, he was diagnosed with a rare hip joint disorder, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (LCPD). With pain in both hips and an inability to talk, Mohler was rushed to a children’s hospital. The experience, Mohler recalls, was traumatic. Luckily, at the end of the day, Mohler and his family were able to treat the disease from home. But the experience left him wondering what happens to all of the kids who stay in the hospital for days, weeks and months – the kids who aren’t lucky enough to go home like he was.
On Mohler’s 5th birthday, Christmas Eve, he asked his parents if he could give his Christmas gifts to those children. That was the beginning of the St. Nick Foundation. Officially founded when Mohler was just 6 years old, Little St. Nick Foundation has been helping sick children cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and activities. Through numerous programs and volunteer events, Little St. Nick Foundation has continued to grow through the last 16 years, expanding from Mohler’s hometown in New York to Tampa Bay, during Mohler’s time as a student at University of Tampa.