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Nick received devastating news on his 13th birthday: He had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His world came to a screeching halt.

“We were overwhelmed with information,” recalls Jennifer, Nick’s mom. “And then shocked by how quickly his treatment started.” In our Bass Childhood Cancer Center, a team of doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other staff led by Kara Davis, DO, went to work right away to care for Nick.

“And special kudos to Jake, Nick’s child life specialist,” adds Nick’s dad, Mike. “He has been so attentive to making Nick’s stay as pleasant as possible and helping Nick power through his treatment.” By last June, Nick was responding so well to therapy that he participated in his first Summer Scamper. This June, he’ll be Scampering again to honor his fellow cancer patients and to say thank you to those who have supported his run toward the treatment finish line—which he expects to cross next spring.