Cancer changes everything.
If you know, you know.
Community is powerful.
It helps us grow and heal.
Walk With Sally is a nonprofit organization bringing children and adult mentors together to heal from the shared trauma of a loved one’s cancer journey. Since 2005, we’ve fostered life-changing mentorships across Los Angeles County.
The bond that comes from mutual understanding creates a special container for healing and hope. And let’s not forget FUN. Because PLAY is an essential ingredient in any childhood.
Our mentor/mentee friendships provide an important foundation of mutual support, enrichment, and stability. And they can last for years — or a lifetime.
Your support helps us provide...
- Art Therapy
- Family Support
- Financial Aid
- Fun Experiences
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There are multiple ways to get involved with Walk With Sally. Volunteer, apply to mentor a child, and learn about more ways to support our mission.
The Inspiration Behind Our Mission: Sally
Sally was the mother of our founder and CEO, Nick Arquette. Sally battled breast cancer when Nick and his brother were young children.
“We struggled to make sense of what she was going through and longed to have a mother who was healthy, present, and ‘normal,’ like the rest of our friends’ parents.”
As the mounting pressures of cancer took their toll, Sally – a single mother – could no longer care for her two sons, so Nick and his brother moved to Idaho to live with their father. The impact of cancer started to take its toll.
“At just 11 years old, I realized that cancer changes everything.”
As the mounting pressures of cancer took their toll, Sally – a single mother – could no longer care for her two sons, so Nick and his brother moved to Idaho to live with their father. The impact of cancer started to take its toll. Nick and his brother had to leave all they knew behind: school, friends, family, and start a new life without their mom. Although he had his brother, Nick had always wanted someone who could understand what he was going through, since his friends hadn’t really been exposed to cancer in their own lives yet. Eventually Nick moved to Southern California, started his own life as an entrepreneur, and always kept his mother in his heart. By the time he reached his early thirties, Nick realized that who she was, and her spirit, were no longer alive. Sally had succeeded in making sure that he grew up cared for, and yet her memory was fading around him. Thinking back on those days in his early teens, he started diving into the world of mentorship.
“I wanted to create an opportunity to give hope to children who have been in similar circumstances.”
After extensive research, and with the support of friends and family, he started the Walk With Sally mentoring program in 2005.