When I think about all the people Nick has influenced during his short life, I think the young adults stand out the most. Nick and Kayla Wheeler were three years apart in age, but our families knew one another because Kayla and Nick were in the same karate class growing up. Nick’s illness and passing affected Kayla in a profound manner. She was always interested in the sciences, but when she went to college, decided to major in biomedical engineering. She also wanted to make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer, so she started a Nick’s Round Table chapter at RIT. Her group has had a couple successful fundraisers and donated money to The Golisano Children’s Hospital for Nick’s Comfort Bags to be given to the children being treated there.
It’s hard living without Nick and I miss him every day. But I’m so proud of all that he accomplished in his life and all that has been done in his memory. I’m especially proud of Kayla who has taken a very hard and tragic experience and is making a difference where she feels most connected. It not only helps the children, but hopefully it helps her make sense of life’s tragedies.
Way to go Kayla!