Being inspired by people who have taken their own powerful and sometimes painful life experiences and choose to help others is part of the story we’ll learn about Nick Arquette’s journey at this year’s South Bay Business Mavericks Gala & Grant Awards.
Look Who’s Speaking at South Bay Business Mavericks 2016:
Founder, Walk With Sally
Walk With Sally was founded by Nick Arquette in 2005, naming it for his mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer and after many years of treatment, died when Nick was sixteen.
Nick never forgot how challenging and isolating the years of his mother’s illness and loss had been for him as a child. Wanting to keep the legacy of his Mother alive while seeking to serve youth facing similar circumstances, Nick searched for mentoring opportunities in the community only to discover that no organization was filling this critical support gap. After careful research, he launched Walk With Sally and began mentoring a youth who had recently lost his mother to cancer. From that first successful friendship, Walk With Sally’s core Mentoring Program has expanded, having served hundreds of families throughout the South Bay over the past 10+ years and today actively serving 63 children, boys and girls ages 7-17, with trained volunteer mentors throughout Los Angeles County.
Why we believe Nick Arquette is a Maverick:
Discovering a need and taking action to create a solution where there is none requires vision and leadership. Nick’s dedication, fortitude and insight has built effective positive connections between local services, mentors and young people needing support. Navigating the powerful emotional impact of losing a parent to cancer, Walk With Sally has helped so many young people keep memories alive through mentorship and Nick’s vision, personal experience and positivity have made a big impact on our community.
Inspiration & Community:
As the only known organization providing this specific service within Los Angeles if not beyond, Walk With Sally has partnered with school districts, hospitals and health care providers, and local cancer and grief support organizations for referrals to the program and to facilitate access to additional services as needed for mentees and their families.
With all his work throughout the community, in 2011 Nick was awarded Citizen of the Year by MB Chamber Women in Business and was a finalist for the Daily Breeze Most Philanthropic in 2012.
Nick Arquette currently lives in Manhattan beach with his wife Megan and 2 children Charlotte and Delilah.
We’re very honored to have Nick Arquette join us as a panelist at the 2016 South Bay Business Mavericks Gala & Grant Awards on October 19th. You don’t want to miss it!