He’s A Winner, He’s A Champion
At 16-years-old, Nicholas has already endured more hardship than most people twice his age; nevertheless, he’s overcome every difficulty with such strength and positivity, his friends and family have nicknamed him Iron Nick. To make him feel like the superhero they know him to be, his parents surprised him with his very own theme song that’s all about how awesome he is.
Song by Yoo Soo Kim. Story by Nick’s mother, Cathy …
“Nicholas was born in 2001 with a sick heart and has had numerous open heart surgeries. He is no stranger to hospital life. Over the spring, summer and fall of 2015, Nicholas was listed, waited for and recovered from a heart transplant. During that time, he also developed a tumor on his spine that caused paralysis. Once he was strong enough the tumor was removed and after six months of hard work, he learned to walk again.
Nicholas — also known as Iron Nick — has overcome every obstacle that has been thrown his way and has done this with grace and a positive outlook.
Nicholas’ favorite number is 77, he wore the number on his Jersey when he played for the Chicago Cubs Dream camp and he received his heart on Day 77 on the transplant list.
Nick loves to fish. It has always been the one father/son activity that his dad could pass on to him. He is also an avid gamer.
I’ve called Nick the sweetest tough guy I’ve ever met. But that was before transplant. Now, he simply amazes me. Watching him turn into a young man is the greatest gift that somebody I’ve never met, in their hour of grief, gave me.
Our favorite memories include being told that the doctors had accepted the “perfect heart”, as well as the loved ones, staff and family who showed their support and love. We remember dropping golf balls from a helicopter at the Ronald McDonald golf classic, throwing the first pitch at a White Sox game and of course finally coming home after seven months in the hospital.
But nothing compares to that first time he said he loved us.”