In September 2018 at the age of 10, Nic was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) brain tumour. With a bleed on his brain, and unable to biopsy nor operate, Nic was given steroids and endured six weeks of radiation at Peter Mac, which shrunk the tumour significantly.
Treated by Dr Jordan Hansford and a team of specialists at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), post-radiation Nic began 12 months of treatment on an immunotherapy clinical trial. Now almost 5 years post-diagnosis, Nic is a strong young man with a passion for rowing and strength training. He still loves gaming with his mates, but staying healthy is his major goal.
Nic’s tumour is stable, and he is monitored twice yearly at the RCH. Nic completed Connor’s Run in 2021 and 2022. Although he will be on a school expedition in Borneo for Connor’s Run this year, he plans to include his school friends in Connor’s Run Your Way Any Day whilst they hike through the jungle.
Nic has aspirations to work alongside his heroes, and hopes to one day find a way to not only cure, but prevent brain cancer.
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