Helping Families with Children Battling Cancer



Helping Families with Children Battling Cancer
Fundraising events are our primary revenue along with sponsorships from corporations,
donations from individuals, and grants. These events serve to raise awareness and provide a great
environment for families to mingle and enjoy themselves. At the same time, we use these events
to raise money that we can then use to financially assist families in need.
Angels Among Us
2014 Annual Report
2014 Events
Fall Gala - An Evening Among Angels
Golf Outing Sponsored By Bland & Associates
Aksarben Cinema Box Office Fundraisers
Cheers to Angels Wine Event
Fit For A Princess Fashion Show
Shucks & Bailey’s Fundraiser
Helping Families with
Children Battling Cancer
Angels Among Us
11918 Poppleton Plaza, Suite 2, Omaha, NE 68144
402-885-4840 |
Angels Among Us helps families of children battling cancer
by reducing the amount of stress in their lives
so that they can focus more of their attention on their children.
Letter from the Chairman
I’m honored to serve as Board Chair of Angels Among Us. This year we
celebrate 10 years since our founding, and set the vision for our next 10 years.
With your support, we have helped over 250 families during our first ten years.
We see the difference you’ve made for moms and dads that aren’t sure what the
next day will bring, and are just trying to make every moment count.
We can’t fully express how grateful all of the families are for the support you’ve
given. Because of you, moms and dads get to spend more time with their child
fighting against this awful disease and every parent’s greatest fear. Because
of you, we can pay phone bills so families have a lifeline when they are hours
away from home, sometimes for weeks. Because of you, we can pay the electric
bill, so they have a warm bed to crawl into at the end of a day that was filled
with tears. When you support Angels Among Us, you share both the joy and
sorrow with every family we touch.  
As Angels Among Us takes on the next ten years, you can be a comfort for each
family with more than financial support. Our vision for the future includes
growing emotional support services, increasing the amount of financial
support we can provide, and providing that financial support for as long as
they are still in this fight.
Your continued investment in Angels Among Us means that you can keep
fighting with them, all the way.
We hope that you will continue to invite your friends to share in the powerful
work Angels Among Us does for hard working families.
Jane Pohlman, Board Chair
Golf Event
Omaha Gives
Golf Event
Fall Gala
Fall Gala
Financial Assistance
Corporate Donors and Supporters
Aaron Bressman & Friends
ABC Temp Control, LLC
Absolutely Fresh Seafood West, LLC
Aksarben Cinema
All Makes Office Equipment Co.
Amazon Smile Foundation
American Title, Inc.
Batchelder Foundation
Berkshire Real Estate
Bernina Omaha LLC
Big Green Tomato
Big O Art
Bland & Associates, P.C.
Borsheim’s Jewelry Company, Inc.
BPI Omaha
Brad Williams Photography
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Casie Haley Photography
CEI Logistics/CEI Transport
Chiffon Events Omaha
Children’s Dental Specialists
Children’s Hospital
Christiansen McCain, LLC
Cindy’s Country Classics
City Glass Company
Core Bank
Cormaci Enterprises, Inc.
Creighton University
Cure Cooking LLC
D and J Signature Electric
Dillion Foundation
DreamScape Homes
Eagle Hills/Tara Hills Golf Courses
Element by Westin
Elkhorn Ace Hardware Inc
Enterprise Bank
Exceptional Protraits
Feltz WealthPlan
First National Bank
Fit For A Princess
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Fraser Stryker PC LLO
Fremont Neurology LLC
Fresh Concepts
Great Southern Bank
Great Western Bank
Gregg Young Chevrolet
Hawks Foundation
Heritage Financial Services
Hudson Insurance Company
Hy Vee #11
Iowa West Foundation
It’s Yours Pottery
J&S Audio Visual
Janis Johnson Realty, PC
Jim & Shirley Young Family Foundation
Jones Brothers
JRM Investment Counsel, LLC
Keepsakes Forever
Kiewit Building Group Inc.
Kohl’s Department Stores
Kona Grill
Lamar Outdoor Advertising
Life Centers
Louie’s Wine Dive
Lozier Foundation
Mahogany Prime Steakhouse
Massage Heights
Midlands Community Foundation
Miss-Prim Designs
Nebraska Medicine
Noah’s Bark
Nosh Wine Lounge
Oak Hills Country Club
Oliver & Ferrol Barklage Foundation
Olsson Associates
Omaha Ballroom
Omaha Community Foundation
Omaha Sports Academy
Panda Inc Dba Arby’s Roast Beef Restaurants
Parker Family Foundation
Parsen Foundation
PepperJax Grill
Pilot Lights
Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc.
Planit Omaha
Renaissance Financial
ReRuns R Fun Inc
Restaurants, Inc.
Rogers Foundation
Salon Fusion
Scarpello Consulting
Security National Bank
Shucks Downtown
Shucks Legacy
State Farm
States Resources Corp
Sunny Durham Family Foundation
Terri Scholting Agency, Inc.
The Gallery & Loft
The Players Club At Deer Creek
The Steier Group, Inc.
Thomson Reuters
Tiburon Golf Club
To A T Gifts & Goodies
Too Far North
Truck Center Companies
Uline Transport
UMB Bank
Union Bank and Trust
United Health Group
Union Pacific Fund For Effective Government
United Way
Vetter Health Services
Washington County Historical Association
Wells Fargo Bank
Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign
Werner Enterprises, Inc.
West Corporation
W.I.T. Capital Management
Individual Donors and Supporters
Mike & Linda Antonio
Donnie Baggs
Karla Bates
Brian & Trisha Battaglia
Leland & Marilyn Bauer
Jill Beasley
John & Dixie Bednar
Drew Beers
Wade & Christine Behlen
Ward & Dana Behlen
Hallie Bieber
Mike Bischof
Deon & Jackie Blais
Jen Bolamperti
Greg & Malorie Bolton
Michael Boyle
Katie Brabec
Carrie Braxdale
Andrea Brendis
Stacey Brichacek
Belinda Bridges
Mackenzie Broz
Mark Brungardt
Chris Brunt
Nicole Bukacek
Mark Burgers
Jamie Burrhus
Bryan & Karen Bush
Angela Butler
Wendy Callan
Linda Campbell
Kris Caputo
Cory & Darcy Carlson
Paul & Tricia Cech
Brett & Jamie Chambers
Michael & Nicole Chapman
Caid Christiansen
Susan Christiansen
Steven & Katherine Clark
Trenton Collier
Cheryl Curry
Terry & Karen Curtiss
Nick Dafney
Marsh & Charlotte Dann
Robert Deseck
Elisa DiCarlo
Josephine Dieter
Jack & Michelle Dill
Anna Domina
Chip & Lori Duden
Clint & Mollie Eckhardt
Jason Efaw
Kathy Eichelberg
Jeff & Jamie Eikmeier
Barbara Eloge
John Estabrook
Mathew & Lori Fangman
Tara Farlow
Todd Feltz
Sasha Fernandez
Kevin & Linda Finn
Samantha Finn
Jillian Frans
Justin Frauendorfer
Alan Fredricks
Ronald & Dianne Fuchser
Rachel Gabb
Carly Gardner
Kyle Gardner
Rick Giglio
Matt & Barb Gill
Lance & Linda Gloe
Maureen Goltl
Carey Grass
Michael Greco
Adam Groff
AnnMarie Gross
Gary Grote
Matthew & Leslie Guzinski
Lisa Hagstrom
Jean Haiar
Brian & Lieska Halsey
Michael & Michelle Hanna
Becky Hanna
Victor & Gale Hanson
Chris & Diane Harrison
Tony & Lori Hayden
Don Heineman
Shain Heiss
Gail Hemschemeyer
James & Lori Hobza
Brian & Gina Hodge
Lindsay Holding
Monte & Shari Holl
Ashley Homan
Justin & Susan Horst
Nate Hotovy
Micheal & Jill House
Heather Howell
Diane Hunnicutt
Angela Huston
Steven & Vickie Jackson
Mamie Jackson
Craig Jacobs
Kenny & Brenda Janicek
Rick & JoAnne Jarvis
Mark & Camille Jensen
Mark & Vanessa Jewell
Joseph Jirele
Craig & Colleen Johnson
Aaron Johnson
Janis Johnson
Joan Johnson
Kyle Johnson
Kenneth Juel
Kenton & Jamie Jurgensen
Jeff Kavich
Ken & Karen Keegan
Chris & Natalie Kelsay
Robbie & Amy Kent
Aimee Ketcham
Spencer Kimball
Bryan Knapp
Julie Koethe
Matthew Kohles
Larry & Terese Koubsky
Kelly & Melanie Krings
Angela Kros
Todd & Angie Kubicek
Scott & Elena Kuiper
Sean Larson
Janet Law
Robert & Cheryl Leavitt
Larry & Phyllis Lee
Vince Leisey
Thomas & Sheila Lewis
Brad Lillie
Nathan Lindley
Jinping Liu
Kimberly & Larry Lubeck
Jesse & Teresa Luetkenhaus
Mary (Sunny) Lundgren
Doug & Mackenzie Anderson
Daniel & Julie Madott
Peter Magdlener
Brian Magee
Marc & Brittany Manganaro
Nick & Katie Manganaro
Melissa Manzer
Marlowe Mapes
Brent Martin
Victor Mattes
Judah & Morgan Matthews
Terrill Maxwell
Patrick & Renee McGill
Susan McKie
Troy McKinney
Mark McLaughlin
Chad & Aimee Meador
Kevin & Juli Meador
Courtney Meysenburg
Denise Mills
Margaret Mitchell
Mike Mitten
Lorrie Morris
Jim Morrison
John & Audrey Murante
Yale Murgatroyd
Jim Murphy
Kelly Murray
Yvette Nervig
Nancy Norgard
Brian & Jennifer Norris
Brent & Erin O’Mara
Kevin & Melissa O’Mara
Kelly Ogren
Robert Ortman
Jason & Brooke Ossenkop
Steve & Shirley Overly
Michael & Stacy Owens
Michael & Stephanie Owens
Jackie Pagel
Angela Paik
Melissa Paladino
Katie Paseka
Jenny Pazderka
Holly Pendley
Nicole Pesicka
Shelly Peters
Kathryn Petersen
Margaret Petersen
Brian Pfeifer
Jeannie Pfeifer
Shawn & Kristen Phillips
Brian & Jamie Pieper
Samuel & Karla Pirruccello
Ted & Michelle Plugge
Michael & Peggy Poe
Craig & Jane Pohlman
Louis & Janet Pol
Chris & Nicole Polito
Duane & Kathleen Polodna
Phil & Amanda Pontow
Michael Potthoff
Bill & Traci Preister
Joshua & Sara Pruss
Robert Quartoroli
Larry & Rita Quigley
Matthew & Kimberly Ramsey
Deb Rasmussen
Stephanie Rasmussen
Geof & Leigh Rau
Terry Reeh
April Rice
Victor Richards
Lucas & Nicole Rickertsen
Kailey Riskowski
Don & Amy Robbins
Jason Roberts
Jeffrey & Lynn Roby
Dominic Romeo
Robert & Cheri Rubio
Thomas & Sharon Samek
Kurt & Heather Sandstrom
Corey & Darci Schaecher
Kyle Schellpeper
Brooke Schoening
Sue Schreiner
Guy & Toni Schropp
Jean Schultz
Michael Seelhoff
Robert Seiler
Danielle Senske
Kent & Shelley Siemers
Greg & Heather Simons
Sharon Sklenar
Debbie Skudler
Jerry & Janet Slusky
Steve Sorensen
Michael & Elizabeth Spiegelman
Robert & Kimberly Stafford
Denise Stark
James & Mary Boland Steier
DB Stephens
Patrick Stephenson
Melinda Stohler
Todd & Kim Struble
Daniel & Molli Surdell
Jason Sutton
Michael & Paula Swerczek
Julie Tartaglia
Michael Thesing
Andrea Thinnes
Barb Thompson
Valerie Tiemann
Dolese Tippery & Robert Campos
Jason & Roberta Tonjes
Rich Triptow
Rachel Turek
Nicole Turille
Karen Underwood
John & Wendy Vann
Lisa Vaske
Jeremy & Renee Vokt
Tiffany Vokt
Deana Walocha
Adam & Kelly Walsh
John & Fran Walsh
Micahela Walsh
Molly Walsh
Jeff & Brooke Walters
Jeff Walters
Vicki Warrington
John & Angel Weathers
Nicholas & Heidi Weaver
Gregory & Debora Weideman
Nicole Welchert
Jane Wells
Russ & Caroline Westerhold
Dwain & Patrice Wiegand
Steve & Allison Willis
John K. & Mary A. Wilson
Abigail Wilson
Keff Wilson
Kelli Winkler
Kari Wolf
Ben & Alissa Wormington
Dennis & Barbara Young
Daniel & Arlene Zack
Chad & Shannon Zimmerman
About Angels Among Us
We use your support to directly help families in need.
We ensure that your donations go to families who are in the most need of
assistance. Additionally, Angels Among Us pays bills directly to the company
the family owes so that you can be sure that your donations are used
Our mission is to reduce financial burdens on the family as much as possible
so that they can focus on their child. Below is a list of some of our families
most stressful situations we’ve been able to help with:
• Electric, gas, sewer, water to keep the lights on and the water running,
• Rent and mortgage payments so kids have a home to go home to after
• Phone and internet so families can stay connected to their support systems,
• Auto payments, insurance, gas cards, plates, and repairs so families can
get to and from work and hospital appointments,
• Medical bills and prescriptions to keep treatments going, and
• Day-Care so every body has a place to go.
Angels Among Us takes the
stewardship of public trust very
seriously. We are committed to
upholding your trust through
our commitment to the
community to operate in an
efficient and ethical manner.
We adhere to a system of
checks and balances, and are
accountable through an annual
audit and oversight by the
board of directors.
Sometimes, a family faces their worst fears and we assist with
funeral expenses.
Our History
Angels Among Us incorporated in April 2006 and received 501c3
status in June of the same year. Currently, Angels Among Us works with
families of children living in Nebraska, or being treated in Nebraska.
To date, Angels Among Us has helped over 225 families paying out over
$750,000. We will continue to grow as an organization, and with the continued
dedication of our community, there is no end in sight.
2014 Staff and Volunteer Leadership
Board of Directors
Steve Sorensen
Mark “Butch” Burgers
(Vice Chair)
Jeff Eikmeier (Treasurer)
Kyle Johnson (Secretary)
Chip Duden
Chris Harrison
Shain Heiss
Ashley Homan
Jeff Kavich
Amy Kent
Drew Lundgren
Kevin O’Mara
Jane Pohlman
Chris Polito
Amy Robbins
Kelly Walsh
Russ Westerhold
Christine Behlen
Katie Brabec
Tricia Cech
Charlotte Dann
Linda Finn
Jillian Frans
Leslie Guzinski
Gina Hodge
Shari Holl
Julie Madott
Erin O’Mara
Melissa O’Mara
Stephanie Owens
Nichole Polito
Amanda Pontow
Kailey Riskowski
Mary Bolan Steier
Roberta Tonjes
Rachel Turek
Renee Vokt
Kelli Winkler
Shannon Zimmerman
The families we work with are amazing, resilient, and somehow find strength in
the face of this chilling disease. Angels Among Us strives toward one primary
principle – adversity in the face of barriers. Our commitment to this principle
and our passionate belief in the families we support drive us to accept nothing
Nick’s Family Story
Right before Christmas last year, what started as a broken leg for our
son, Nick, turned into an aggressive cancer. We were told to
prepare ourselves for a fight and that there was the very real
possibility that he wouldn’t make it.
Maybe my husband and I should have hesitated before
sending a letter to my 30 clients to tell them I was
indefinitely taking a leave of absence. We didn’t
even think about how we would pay the bills. I
suppose we were prepared to lose everything to
save Nick. All we can really remember is that our
lives changed dramatically in what seemed like
overnight, and every decision we made was about
Nick, not about how we would pay the bills, or who
would make dinner that night, or pick his sister
Miley up after school.
That Christmas a friend went shopping for us. It just
didn’t seem like we had time to do anything, and when
we did, we just didn’t want to. She found some Star Wars
Lego sets for him.
The next eight months friends and family would bring Nick more
Lego sets. I think the Lego sets are how he got through all of the chemo,
surgeries, tests, boredom, and pain. We have at least 200 of these sets –
I’ve stopped counting.
On New Year’s Eve, instead of staying up late wondering where my 15
year old was on the big party night, I knew exactly where he was – in
a hospital bed 2 hours away from friends and family, getting his first
round of chemotherapy. We stayed up talking about everything except
why we were sitting in the hospital.
less than continued growth, innovation and success.
We are inspired by the life-changing outcomes of our
advocacy and our services to these families within our
Family, friends, strangers, and others did fundraisers
that helped us take Nick to Oklahoma for a guy’s
trip with his riding friends. This time mom got to
go and I was so glad to see him enjoying himself.
We were also able to travel to Kansas City and the
Mayo clinic to see specialists that aren’t covered
through insurance or Medicaid.
Angels Among Us made sure we had a home to
come back to. They gave us time to make more
memories. They gave us the peace of mind that we
wouldn’t regret any of the decisions we made while
we focused on Nick. It kept things normal for his little
sister while we were gone, sometimes for weeks, so we
could do treatments, tests, and surgeries.
He told me many times, “Thank you mom, for being
here with me”. I could completely focus on Nick,
which is the way it should be for any parent with a
child with cancer.
Thank you for all you do!!
Jamie, Jim, Miley, Nate, Allen,
Aaron, and Anna
Nick Kroeger lost his battle with cancer on
August 17, 2015. Our hearts and prayers are
with Nick, his family and all the other families
that continue to battle this harrowing disease.
I never could have forgiven myself if I couldn’t have been able to completely
focus on Nick. Working seemed so impossible, not just because I spent
many nights awake helping him through the pain, but because of what it
meant to him. Every time I left to run a quick errand he would start texting
me, “Mom, when are you coming home?” He hated being alone.