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Meet Nick Wallace of Nick’s Picks in Del Mar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Wallace.

Nick, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started Nick’s Picks, my 501C3 in 2012 at age 12, the same year I received my life saving liver transplant. After a childhood in and out of hospitals, I became a master at entertaining myself.

Nick’s Picks is dedicated to delivering fun filled backpacks to isolated, seriously ill, hospitalized youths.

The backpacks include the dozen items I found most useful and fun in the hospital; things like the Boogieboard LCD writing tablet, Hoven sunglasses, the infamous NOBUTTON and so much more.

I have delivered over 1,500 backpacks and serve 15 centers nationwide, from Stanford to Mount Sanai.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been a challenge to raise funds to deliver as many backpacks as we would like. The backpacks include $110.00 of items at retail. It costs us $50.00 and shipping for each backpack delivered, after sponsor discounts. But all worth it. I have met incredible kids through this and have become a mentor and source of encouragement to some of these kids.

Nick’s Picks – what should we know?
Nick’s Picks, as I said, is a 501c3 and serves seriously ill, hospitalized kids. I am most proud of the fact that I have brought smiles to so many sad kids.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I believe every backpack we deliver, is success to me. Every kid whose hospital experience is improved, is success to me.


  • $50.00 sponsors a backpack for a seriously ill child

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 858-350-7546
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Nickspicks_sd
  • Facebook: @nickspickssd
  • Twitter: Nickspicks_sd

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