Next Step is grateful for you. Watch Nicole explain why.

2020 was a year like no other for young people living with a serious illness. The issues playing out on the national and world stage, added layers of complexity and stress to the already complicated lives of these teens and young adults. But because of you, Next Step was able to stay present, available and support them as they navigated this “new normal”.

Our young people always describe the Next Step experience best, so I’d like to introduce you to Nicole, a Next Step participant to do just that. I hope you’ll watch Nicole’s video as she so eloquently describes the impact of our programs and shares the transformative experience of Song Studio, Next Step’s music therapy program.

We can’t wait to be together again, but we will also continue to reach young people virtually who, due to their diagnosis, are unable to join Next Step in person. You can make sure we show up for our young people in 2021 by donating to Next Step. If you have already contributed—thank you. We are incredibly grateful to partner with you in this critical work. Happy New Year!

Warm regards,




Bill Kubicek
Executive Director and Founder, Next Step

Song Studio, Next Step’s music therapy program, helped Nicole discover who she really is outside of her rare genetic disorder.


Nicole describes what it is that keeps her coming back to Next Step.


Next Step has helped Nicole navigate and piece together the ‘puzzle pieces’ that make up her life.


“The big difference in me.” Watch Nicole describe how she has grown in so many aspects of her life since that first day at Next Step.


You can help young people living with cancer, HIV or a rare genetic disorder say “I BELIEVE IN ME.” Your gift will power our free, life-changing community, music and mentorship programs. Please support Next Step this holiday season! Thank you and Happy New Year!


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