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Granting Victory Trips to young adults battling life-threatening illnesses.

What We Do

Our goal is to plan and fund Victory Trips for young adults who have suffered the trauma of catastrophic illness. We pick up where Make-A-Wish® leaves off, targeting those diagnosed 18 & older. Our son, Ryan Teixeira, battled cancer and was denied a trip due to his age. It then became his goal to create a foundation for young adults like him.

Trips granted within first 6 months

Victory Trips granted since our founding in 2017

Different destinations visited so far

Giving Opportunities

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When you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase to any charity the customer selects. By shopping on smile.amazon.com and selecting 17 Strong as your charity, you can shop and give back!

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The Toad’s Code

The Toad’s Code is now available at California Fresh in Arroyo Grande and Cafe Andreini! 

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When you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase to any charity the customer selects. By shopping on smile.amazon.com and selecting 17 Strong as your charity, you can shop and give back!

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Fulfilled Trips

Tobias

Europe

Mellissa

Caribbean Cruise

Ryan

Alaskan Cruise

Kaya

Thailand

Jimmy

Tokyo, Japan

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Hear more about our recipients!

Fulfilled Trips

Tobias

Europe

Mellissa

Caribbean Cruise

Ryan

Alaskan Cruise

Kaya

Thailand

Jimmy

Tokyo, Japan

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Hear more about our recipients!

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Our Story

Ryan Teixeira was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma at age eighteen, five months after signing a baseball scholarship contract with Colorado Mesa University in November of 2014.  Keep Reading →

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Recent News

17 Strong Receives $21,000 from Rancho Grande Subaru’s “Share the Love Event”

April 12, 2019

A huge thank you to Rancho Grande Motors in San Luis Obispo and Subaru for this check we received from the Share the Love event! From November 20 to the end of December, Subaru donated $250 for every new Subaru sold. We were so honored to be chosen as this year’s local charity!

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The First Annual Celebration of Victory

November 10, 2018

Our first annual fundraiser was a huge success!! Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, donors and anyone else that made this event possible. We were so lucky to have Justin Turner & his wife Kourtney joining us at the event as well!  Photos by Ray Ambler

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The Toad’s Code Book Released!

May 10, 2018

The Toad’s Code, a children’s book authored our very own Ryan and illustrated by his girlfriend Nicole has been unveiled to the public! The idea of the book came from Nicole’s mother on one of their many trips to the hospital to visit Ryan. It was in the hospital where Ryan wrote the book months before his passing. It is currently available, with all proceeds going to 17 Strong!

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Victory Trip Reveal 

September 8, 2017

We are so excited to announce our first 3 Victory Trip recipients! Mellissa, Ryan, and Jimmy all bravely battled cancer and are more than deserving of a trip to celebrate being cancer-free! Thank you to everyone who helped at our Victory Trip Reveal, as well as our donors and sponsors for making this possible! Photo by Ray Ambler  

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HEAR FROM RYAN

info@seventeenstrong.org
(805) 595-1412
P.O. Box 1712, Pismo Beach, CA 93448

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