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CHC: Making a World of Difference
Morehead, KY Skier Set to Compete
in Kazan, Russia

DesaRae Nickell of Morehead will represent Kentucky as part of the Special Olympics USA team at the 2022 World Winter Games.


    CHC is a nonprofit that raises awareness and resources for health and wellness by connecting more than 2,000 of the most trusted health charities across the United States with more than 17 million caring employees through workplace giving campaigns, causes, wellness programs, employee engagement, and strategic partnerships. Health has never been such an urgent priority: 77% of U.S. workers suffer from at least one long-term health condition, ranging from cancer to asthma — chances are someone you know is affected.



    ALS Association, Kentucky, Central and Southern Ohio Chapter, Fort Thomas
    EIN: 31-1235704  -  The only national, non-profit health organization dedicated solely to fight against ALS. Delivers patient services including nurse consultation, equipment, education, advocacy, support groups and research.  20%

    American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, KY, Lexington
    EIN: 13-5613797  -  Dedicated to building lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke through education, research, advocacy and outreach through community programs, helping people live longer, healthier lives.  24.9%

    Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Kentucky
    EIN: 58-1341679  -  The Arthritis Foundation is the champion of Yes. The Foundation helps conquer battles through life-changing information and resources, access to care and advancements in science.  24.9%

    Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Kentucky Chapter
    EIN: 13-6193105  -  Our mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.  18.6%

    Gilda's Club, Louisville, Kentucky
    EIN: 20-1635170 - “Living with cancer is not a choice, how you live with it is.” At Gilda’s Club, we strive to be the support you need to get through a cancer diagnosis. We offer a supportive community and programs to assist any members of your circle who are struggling.

    Kids Cancer Alliance
    EIN: 61-1256743  -  Provides camp, recreational and support programs for children with cancer and their families to enhance quality of life. All programs are provided free of charge.  19%

    Mental Health America of Kentucky
    EIN: 61-0662261  -  We improve the accessibility and quality of mental health services through advocacy, education of the public, and promotion of research-based practices.

    National Hemophilia Foundation, Kentucky
    EIN: 61-0656750  -  Assists individuals with hemophilia and similar bleeding disorders through education, advocacy, support services, and promotes research for a cure.  15%

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    EIN: 13-5661935  -  People affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.  29%

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana
    EIN: 31-1053467  -  Provides a “home away from home" for families of seriously ill children through the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room Programs.  16.1%

    Special Olympics Kentucky
    EIN: 61-0954571  -  Provides year-round sports, health, and education programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them the opportunity to develop physically and socially.  24.5%

    ALS Association, Kentucky Chapter
    EIN: 94-3124729  -  Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.  39.4%

    Alzheimer's Association, Kentucky Chapter
    EIN: 13-3039601  -  The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care and support and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research.  10.5%

    American Lung Association in Kentucky
    EIN: 31-4379531  -  Dedicated to helping Midlanders breathe easier by fighting lung disease, preventing smoking, managing asthma, and improving air quality through education, community service, advocacy, and research  13.5%

    Children's Hospital Foundation, Kentucky
    EIN: 61-6027530  -  To raise funds and generate support for Norton Children's Hospital a 267-bed pediatric hospital providing tertiary care of acutely-ill children regardless of ability to pay.  19.1%

    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Kentucky/West Virginia Chapter
    EIN: 13-1930701  -  The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and provide all people with CF the opportunity to lead full, productive lives.  14.4%

    JDRF International, Kentucky ChapterEIN: 23-1907729  -  JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.  6.3%

    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter
    EIN: 13-5644916  -  The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  14.2%

    Muscular Dystrophy Association, Kentucky
    EIN: 13-1665552  -  Fighting neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research; providing comprehensive healthcare services and support to MDA families nationwide; and rallying communities through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.  7.1%

    National Kidney Foundation Serving Kentucky
    EIN: 13-1673104  -  We are the largest, most effective, and longstanding organization fighting kidney disease, a growing public health problem affecting 1 in 3 Americans and their families.  22.2%

    Paws With Purpose
    EIN: 20-0681397 - Paws with Purpose provides skilled Assistance Dogs as partners to children and adults with physical disabilities or special needs.  Dogs provide companionship; break down social barriers, and perform tasks that help their partners lead more independent lives.

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass
    EIN: 61-0986164  -  Helps keep families together during a child's medical crisis. Existing solely on donations, our charity provides a safe and comfortable "home away from home".  25%

    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (serving Kentucky)
    EIN: 35-1044585  -  Researches and treats childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases. Families never billed by St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Discoveries freely shared worldwide. 19%

    For most Special Olympics athletes named to a World or USA Games team, the wait until the Games finally come can seem like an eternity. And for Morehead skier and SOKY Athlete Ambassador DesaRae Nickell, the wait has been longer than most. But that wait will come to an end for Nickell when she travels to the 2022 World Winter Games in Kazan, Russia, as part of the Special Olympics USA team.

    Nickell, 28, has been a Special Olympics athlete for 10 years and has been skiing for eight. She competed in snowshoeing at her first State Winter Games in 2012 before putting on skis for the first time in 2013. She immediately took to the slopes, and advanced quickly from beginner to the program’s most challenging level. She won gold medals in both the Advanced Plus slalom and giant slalom at the 2020 Special Olympics Kentucky State Winter Games and took a gold medal and silver medal in the same events in 2019.In addition to skiing, Nickell also competes in basketball and track and field.

    Outside of sports, Nickell is a trained Special Olympics Kentucky Athlete Ambassador. She has given speeches throughout the state and has advocated for Special Olympics and her fellow athletes on multiple occasions at the State Capitol.

    The Mattingly Family and the Ronald McDonald House:
    A CHC charity helps one family through their hardest moments.