Nick Gilbert Rumors
Nick Gilbert, 15, the oldest son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, stole the show last year with his bow tie, thick, dark-rimmed hipster glasses and the catch phrase, “What’s not to like?” But this year his bowtie will be a new one. He revealed in an interview with The Plain Dealer last fall that he’d misplaced the original one.
The team has launched a new website, www.2012PickNick.com, to get lottery and draft information, to order a bowtie like Nick’s or to make donations to the Children’s Tumor Foundation and Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation. All proceeds from the bowtie sales will be donated to those causes. Nick Gilbert was born with neurofibromatosis and has battled the disease his entire life.
Nick Gilbert, the 14-year-old son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, will represent the team on stage at the lottery. He’s the 2011 National Children’s Tumor Foundation’s ambassador. Serving as the team’s observer in the separate room where the ping-pong ball “lottery” drawing actually takes place, will be Cavs vice-chairman and minority owner Jeff “The Inspector” Cohen. Dan Gilbert will also attend and observe the stage production.
Nick Gilbert was born with neurofibromatosis, a nerve disorder that inflicts one in 3,000 children where tumors can grow in the body at any time. Tuesday is World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day. “We talk a lot about heroes in sports but sometimes we overlook the heroes that are in front of us everyday,” Dan Gilbert said in a prepared statement. “Nick Gilbert was born with NF more than 14 years ago. “Despite enduring brain surgery, the loss of vision in one of his eyes, four long rounds of chemotherapy and countless visits and time in doctors’ offices and hospitals, he has emerged as the happiest and most optimistic person I know. Nick has never complained a single time about the bad card he was dealt, and instead, chooses to focus on all that is good and exciting around him. “He is an example of perseverance, determination and life the way it should be lived. Nick is my personal hero. (By the way), the kid is also quite lucky, which Cavs fans should take solace in, since he is representing us in the lottery on Tuesday evening!”