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SoCal businessmen, Starlight Children's Foundation treat kids to a night of football

Local children diagnosed with cancer are VIP fans at UCLA-Stanford Rose Bowl game

by Scott McCourtneyPublished: November 29, 2012 09:45 AM

Paul Glowienke and Nate Fikse (far right)
prepare to lead the VIP kids onto the field
at the third quarter break.
A group of children fighting pediatric cancer from Los Angeles and Orange County areas were treated to a “Great Escape” last weekend, courtesy of two SoCal businessmen and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The children and their families attended the Nov. 24 UCLA-Stanford game at the Rose Bowl, with a tailgating party and private “Then, Now and Forever” tent before the game

The group got to watch the game from prime seats, and then go onto the field during the third quarter break, when all the children were recognized over the loudspeaker to the crowd of almost 70,000 fans.

Part of the force behind this gift is two Newport Beach financial representatives and UCLA alums, Paul Glowienke and Nate Fikse. Newport Beach-based Northwestern Mutual’s Glowienke and Fikse reached out to Starlight Children’s Foundation, a leading global health and education charity, to set in motion the Great Escape program.  With all their help, families had the opportunity to spend recreational and quality time together outside of hospitals and doctor’s offices.

“We hope our Great Escape is an important part of their healing process. This isn’t just a football game, it’s a chance for children fighting cancer to just be kids and enjoy their childhood,” Glowienke said.  

Glowienke and Fikse were among the first within Northwestern Mutual to respond to a call from company leadership to get involved in its Childhood Cancer Program. With the help of Starlight and Northwestern, these kids will get the great opportunity to enjoy the game and get some well-needed recognition in their fight against cancer.

“We also want to strengthen families by giving parents some peace of mind and much-needed joy as they join their children in fighting cancer,” said Fikse, a former All-American punter and kicker for UCLA.

Stanford beat UCLA, 35 to 17.


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