Some Southland families will get a special treat Saturday, thanks to the ingenuity of a couple of Newport Beach businessmen.
Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor Paul Glowienke and Financial Representative Nate Fikse are giving 40 families a "Great Escape" this weekend from dealing with the struggles of pediatric cancer.
A previous version of this story had the wrong first name for Nate Fikse.
Children with pediatric cancer and their families will be treated to VIP-style tailgating, hobnobbing with former football players and a catered meal. In addition to seats to watch the big game, families will get on-field access to meet UCLA coaches and players.
"The Bruins have a valid opportunity to end up in the Rose Bowl; it's going to be a very exciting day," Glowienke said.
Fikse, a former UCLA punter and kicker, and Glowienke, also an alumnus, said the day will be an opportunity for families struggling financially, emotionally and medically to take a break and enjoy each other.
"That family typically doesn't plan a day to go to Disneyland or go to a baseball game or football game — the normal family things to do," Glowienke said. "The Great Escape is allowing them to set all that aside."