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OUR LITTLE LEFTY

Nicholas was only 28 months old when we were shocked by the news he had cancer. He was diagnosed with high-risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or ALL. This is a type of leukemia that currently has a 70% cure rate.

It was difficult to learn the news of his illness but much more difficult when he succumbed to the disease only one month from his diagnosis. He lost his life to complications from the disease. We have been left with many questions and we may never find the answers. We miss him and think of him everyday. There is a gaping hole in every heart that loved him.

We have so many great memories of Nicholas and wanted to share some of them with those visiting his website.

Nicholas was a sweet little boy who blessed our lives from the moment he arrived. He was our first born and only son. He had deep brown eyes and brown hair. We knew Nick was left-handed shortly after he began to start feeding himself. It was one of his many endearing qualities and something that made him unique to our family.

Nicholas loved trucks, bunnies and the color yellow. His favorite toys were his popping lawnmower, ride-on fire truck and toy garage. He was a boy and a toddler through and through. He was a great eater and he loved fruits and vegetables. He amazed us everyday with the many new things he learned.

Nicky was also a big brother. He helped us with his little sister and loved to make her laugh. He was a truly gentle spirit. He was never jealous and gave his sister lots of hugs and kisses. We always wonder how they would be getting along today.

One of Nick’s favorite books was Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. He read this with us most nights before bed. This is a sweet little story about Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare measuring how big their love is. It was fitting on many levels. Because of this, we have left the last line of the book at his final resting place – “I love you right up to the moon – and back”. If only Nicholas knew how much he was still loved – not only by his parents but by other family members, friends and acquaintances. This love is greater than the infinite sky.

We hope to make his memory proud and raise lots of money towards leukemia research through his namesake chapter. We hope to see an end to this dreadful disease and hope that it will no longer afflict additional children. The chapter has been developed for this purpose but also serves as a lasting legacy to our exceptional little boy.