- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

DUXBURY, Mass. (AP) - Two years ago, Duxbury mom Kristen Frazier participated in a road race to raise money for Calle Cronk, a girl with a rare type of brain tumor. When Calle died months later, Frazier felt a calling to do something much greater.

“The story struck me as a mother and person,” Frazier said. “I was driving in my car one day and thought to start a nonprofit. I talked to my husband about it, and he was so supportive. He said, ‘I think you were born to do this.’”

Frazier said she chose the name Wicked Good Cause in the spirit of Massachusetts and recruited a group of Duxbury mothers, most of whom were staying at home raising their children.

She said the group of moms held a launch party, chose a recipient, and held a fundraising winter ball and black-tie event. They then did word-of-mouth searching for candidates to receive the money raised. The money was distributed with no questions asked.

“Our motto is to spend it unapologetically,” Frazier said. “If you need to use it to take your child to StoryLand four times, then we say do it. Some of these children could be terminal. If you research some of these illnesses, they’re grim. We don’t want to see your financials.”

Delaney Madden, a 5-year-old Norwell girl who had been diagnosed with bone cancer, became the group’s first recipient.

“We recognize their need. We unanimously voted and donated over $25,000 to them from that one event. We enjoyed a great momentum from our community,” Frazier said.

Duxbury mom Hayley Stewart approached Wicked Good Cause when she read about it on Facebook. Her 5-year-old nephew, Danny Nickerson of Foxboro, also had inoperable brain cancer.

“My sister is going through the same thing the family in Norwell is going through. They jumped right on it,” Stewart said.

Wicked Good Cause held a Lego movie event to raise money for Danny. It also held a summer social for adults in July.

“They wrote her a check, no questions asked,” Stewart said. “It’s extremely touching, because some organizations want receipts for gas and food, copies of the bills. They’re tracking everything, but to have someone say, ‘Here’s $2,500, go on a trip and do something fun…’

“So many other kids on the South Shore that need money get this devastating news. It’s huge. Just having someone to reach out to ask for help was such a relief.”

Now when Stewart meets other families going through the same ordeal as her sister, she hands them a spreadsheet with information on Wicked Good Cause and other organizations that help families on the South Shore.

Frazier said, “I’m not an overly religious person, but from the minute this has come about, it all keeps coming together for a bigger reason.”

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