Nick’s eye was removed on January 13th. Nick’s retinoblastoma (cancer #1) is not considered heritable and thus random, we suspect that a mutation on chromosome 13 may be related. While it is not exactly understood why retinoblastoma occurs, it is known that this cancer is caused by an abnormality on chromosome 13. Chromosome 13 is responsible for controlling retinal cell division. In children with retinoblastoma retinal cell division continues unchecked, causing retinal tumors.
Nick’s last chemotherapy treatment for his second cancer ended January 13, 2004.
Nick’s favorite number = 13.