Sam Dekker, Olivia Harlan seek donations to cancer foundation in lieu of wedding gifts

Mar 07, 2018 | by

SHEBOYGAN - NBA player and Sheboygan native Sam Dekker and ESPN reporter Olivia Harlan will tie the knot on July 14 in Door County, but in lieu of wedding gifts, the couple is asking guests and fans alike to donate to Children’s Cancer Family Foundation (CCFF).

The funds will help the organization fulfill its mission of serving families as they travel the difficult path of a pediatric cancer diagnosis. CCFF organizes fun-filled events to lift families’ spirits and provides financial assistance to lighten cancer’s burdens, according to a press release.

The general public is encouraged to join in the giving, with Harlan and Dekker autographing and sending “Thank You” cards to anyone making a donation of $50 or more.

“Northeast Wisconsin is home and so special to us—where our families live, where we spend the offseason and where we will get married,” Harlan said in a press release. “The people of this great state and area are what make it special. In celebrating our marriage, we're looking to give back to this amazing community.

"We're asking friends, family and fans to help us lessen the financial pain of families in the community dealing with the seemingly insurmountable challenge of pediatric cancer.”

Charity work has always been a part of Dekker and Harlan’s relationship and careers. The couple has been CCFF supporters since 2014, spending time with many CCFF families over the years.  

“Sam and Olivia have helped many of our CCFF families create family memories that will last a lifetime,” Sarah-Beth Janssen, president and co-founder of CCFF, said in a press release. “Their kind hearts and genuine nature have made Strike Out Cancer Day a must-attend event for our families.

"Their generosity and impact doesn’t stop there; they’ve participated in many CCFF fundraisers, which help us provide financial assistance to local families battling pediatric cancer. They’re never looking for recognition for their efforts; they simply want to make a difference. We feel very blessed to have them be such an integral part of our organization.”

Well-wishers and wedding guests can make their “Harlan-Dekker Wedding Gift Wish” donations online at

For more information about Children’s Cancer Family Foundation, visit