At the age of 7, Nick was diagnosed with a Grade III ependymoma brain tumor. After successful surgery, 6 weeks of daily radiation, and mild chemo, Nick enjoyed four years of normal life. He went to school, played football and basketball, and was an active part of our church youth group. At the age of 11, Nick had a recurrence which resulted in another surgery, 6 more weeks of radiation, and five months of aggressive chemo. Unfortunately, the cancer was relentless. Nick endured four more recurrences in the next two and a half years with brief periods of "normal, happy" life in between surgeries. We tried special diets, herbal treatments, and many other alternative medicines along the way, but in August of 2008, Nick's cancer returned with a vengence spreading throughout his body and eventually taking him home to His Heavenly Father. Not once in the 6 and 1/2 year battle did Nick question his illness or complain of the unfairness he was enduring. Not once did Nick become angry. His peace throughout the battle is a living testimony to the power of God. We pray that his foundation will in some small way return the peace and hope which Nick gave us to the world around us.