nick’s epic battle
Part of cultivating a good life is making every moment count – like, really count.
If you don’t know Nick, you should. And his mom Tracy. And his dog Spot. Okay, Nick’s whole family is just awesome. I feel like I have so much to say and yet, I hardly know where to begin. I don’t want to turn this into a novel, so let me just start here. This is something Tracy posted on Facebook on November 23:
“Tomorrow, Mom, can we walk around the block, just so I can feel the sun on my face?” Nick asked me tonight as we lay in the dark. Sometimes I feel like we are living the freaking life fresh out of a Lifetime movie, and I want to hear, ‘Cut!’ Scene over and life goes back to “normal” the way it was 2 1/2 years ago. I get it, everything happens for a reason, but I can’t help but long for those days. My beautiful boy is resting this evening and has been for most of the day. His fight is incredible. As the kids and family go about life, Nick makes sure he is still in the know. He may look like he is out cold, but he will chime in at the least expecting moments and has no problem correcting you if you are wrong. More often than not, it leaves us snickering. We love this kid and watching him fight is nothing short of unbearable. Please keep Nick in your thoughts and prayers, as we continue to stand by our incredibly strong warrior. We love each and everyone of Nick’s Army!
Nick is a young man who has fought a very valiant fight for what feels like forever but fully understands that his time in mortality is closing in. It’s not my place to share the stories, but I have felt prompted to point you in his direction so you can experience what our team has experienced in getting to know Nick and Tracy and their family even just a little bit.
Follow their story on Facebook by searching Nick’s Epic Battle to Fight Osteosarcoma.
Nick truly is an example of carrying out dreams and living life to the fullest because he knows his time is limited. Back in the spring when we produced our new “I am Project Life” video, we invited Nick, Tracy, and Spot (seriously the most loyal dog I have ever seen in my life) to be a part of our special project and I’ll just say this: It was a sacred experience none of us will ever forget. Just being in their presence is tender and sweet and pretty much indescribable.
Some behind-the-scenes from that incredibly special day.
Nick’s auntie posted this on Nov 22:
Nick teaches us a thing or two about love, how to give unconditionally but more importantly how to enjoy each day however it comes to us. As we sat with Santa this year, it was quickly apparent that gifts come in all shapes and sizes with a variety of price tags. The greatest gifts we can give are not material means that come with wrapping paper and bows. The true gifts of Christmas are the gifts of love, service, and simply each other. Let us find ourselves on the nice list this year, what blessings we have, feel the magic, spread joy!!
When you think about your own life and how you’re cultivating goodness, think also of Nick. We are deeply inspired by this boy, this family. We are honored to be a part of his army and we continue to pray for them. My kids even pray for Nick to have peace and comfort, and they’ve never met him.
You don’t have to meet Nick in person to be touched by his example of cultivating a good life. Now when you watch the video again, that scene just may take on a new meaning. Our team has watched the video a hundred times. We still feel overwhelmed when Tracy and Nick show up. God bless their family, and every family going through a similar journey.
Added note from Becky early 2015:
December 30, 2014 was the day that Nick’s battle ended. Our hearts and prayers continue to be with his family.