Nick Claudio is known as the “Renaissance Man” from Mattapoisett because of what he has accomplished in spite of debilitating cancer treatments. Among other accomplishments, in March he became the inaugural recipient of the Cam Neely Award for Courage, and he’s just 12 years old.
Nick’s first tumor left him blind at the age of 9. He’s currently undergoing treatment for a second round of brain tumors. With bills for non-reimbursable medical treatment, technology and travel expenses mounting daily, a group of friends and family have come together to help ensure that Nick has the opportunity to participate in outreach programs for the visually impaired along with obtaining the necessary equipment and technology to keep him connected with the world.
The Freedom Fund for Nick Claudio (FFFNC), with support from the Devin Laubi Foundation, is holding a fundraiser, emceed by Jim Mathes, at 6:00 pm on June 23 at the Century House in Acushnet. Tickets are $30 each and $20 each for children 13 and under. Tickets can be obtained by calling 508-996-3425.
FFFNC Committee Chairperson Melinda Tveit says, “People who attend the fundraiser will have the opportunity to learn about a young man who embodies the potential and resiliency of the human spirit. The ticket price includes a really good meal and the chance to bid on some amazing donated auction items, with John George as auctioneer. In addition, several levels of giving and sponsorship opportunities are available.”
Nick receives assistance from the Perkins School for the Blind, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, the Mattapoisett Lions Club and the ORR School District. Learn more about Nick at facebook.com/fffnc1.