Frank Nelson, Paying It Back
Above are some of the videos we have produced about Frank Nelson, and his philanthropic mission to help others in need.
Frank Nelson is a 60-year-old Barrie man who was diagnosed several years ago with stage-four colon cancer. Instead of giving up and spending the remainder of his life worrying only about himself, Frank started a bucket list campaign focused on helping others in need. That list led this humble man on a journey to undertake a variety of initiatives to help the poor and those in need. Some examples of Frank Nelson's remarkable living legacy include but are not restricted to the following:
- Gave $1,000 to (so far) 43 of 50 families or individuals who were dealing with significant medical and/or financial challenges
- Arranged the donation of wheelchairs to those in need.
- Donated to a Barrie school to help fund lunches for students
- Funded a grocery shopping trip as a surprise for families in need
- Raised funds for someone needing medical treatment in the United States
- Surprised a young girl from a low income family with a graduation outfit
- Surprised a little boy with a rare muscle disorder with an all-season wagon and birthday gifts
- Gave gifts and a hockey jersey to a young man with Spina Bifida and helped him complete a bucket list through a visit to the CN Tower, to Ripley’s Aquarium, and to a hockey game in Toronto
- Held a surprise birthday for an eight-year-old girl whose mother was hospitalized
- Donated Christmas gifts and decorations to a seniors home
- Supported various grass roots organizations that work to help others
- Donated to the 'Regent Park Community Food Centre' in Toronto
- Donated to the 'Barrie Native Friendship Centre'
- Donated to 'Emily's House', a hospice for children
- Donated to Kelly Scaglione and 'Restoring Dignity and Hope'
- Donated to 'Patching The Past'
- Donated to 'Hamilton Helping the Homeless'
- Donated to 'Never Go Hungry Niagara'
- Arranged a shopping cart contest for two families in need at Target Canada
- Arranged 'Teacher of the Year Award'
- Arranged 'Nurse of the Year Award'
- Helped a Canadian war vet
- Create a song 'Hope It To Be' with Scott Reid, a local musician with proceeds going to 'Sick-Kids Hospital'
- Assisted a twenty-three year veteran of the Toronto Police who is stricken with stage four colon cancer. Frank and his supporters held a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings in Barrie and they used GoFundMe to raise what was needed to repair a dangerously dilapidated deck on their home that is essential for his wife to use as she is restricted to a motorized wheelchair and cannot traverse many parts of the house any other way.
- Developed and implemented the 'Glowing Hearts Community Give and Get' centre in Barrie.
- Now organizing a cross-Canada fundraiser to expand the 'Glowing Hearts Community Give and Get' concept to communities across Canada
Below are some images from the various components of Frank Nelson's mission to help others in need.