Nick Gilbert was born on May 1, 1997, in Detroit, Michigan. He was the son of Dan Gilbert, the founder of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Jennifer Gilbert. Nick grew up in a large and loving family with four siblings.
Diagnosis and Treatment
In 2010, Nick was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). This condition caused tumors to grow on his nerves, leading to various health issues. Despite this, Nick remained positive and continued to live life to the fullest.
Throughout his life, Nick underwent numerous surgeries and treatments to manage his condition. His resilience and courage were an inspiration to many, including his father, who dedicated himself to finding a cure for NF1.
The NBA Draft Lottery
In 2011, Nick became a household name when he represented the Cleveland Cavaliers at the NBA Draft Lottery. Despite having only a 1.7% chance of winning the top pick, Nick brought luck to the team, and they won the first overall selection.
His infectious personality, positive attitude, and witty remarks during the lottery made him an instant fan favorite. Nick’s “What’s not to like?” catchphrase became a rallying cry for Cavs fans, and he was even invited to lead the team’s victory parade after they won the NBA championship in 2016.
Nick Gilbert passed away on February 21, 2021, at the age of 23. His death was a devastating loss for his family, friends, and the Cleveland Cavaliers community.
However, Nick’s legacy and impact on the world will never be forgotten. His bravery, kindness, and positive spirit continue to inspire others. The Dan Gilbert Family Foundation created the Nick Gilbert Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund in his honor, which aims to find a cure for NF1 and other brain tumors.
Nick Gilbert’s life may have been cut short, but his spirit and legacy live on. He will always be remembered as a beacon of hope and inspiration for those affected by NF1 and other illnesses. His positive attitude and unwavering determination are lessons that we can all learn from.
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