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Boulder Creek 29-Year-Old Diagnosed with Rare and Aggressive Cancer

Emily Progin, PR & Social Media Coordinator / 800.642.8399

Release: Immediate


BOULDER CREEK, Calif.—Five weeks ago, Nicholas Davis LiVigni of Boulder Creek was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. He is just 29. As he plunges into the complex and painful world of cancer care, he and his family will also have to grapple with the immense burden of uninsured medical expenses, and they are reaching out to their community for help for “our beloved Nick.”

The diagnosis, diffused large B cell lymphoma, “came as a huge shock to our family and his community,” explains an online fundraising page at Nick must now endure five days in the hospital at Stanford every three weeks to receive an intensive chemotherapy treatment plus blood tests and infusions. The treatment is not a guaranteed cure: with the treatment’s 60% success rate in eliminating cancer, Nick and his family are also investigating alternatives both within and outside of their home state to save Nick’s life.

Fundraising quickly became a critical component of Nick’s cancer journey. His monthly treatments necessitate frequent travel and temporary lodging, expenses not covered by insurance, as well as countless other illness-related costs including co-pays, medications, loss of income while pursuing treatment, and ongoing care. Nick is working with the national nonprofit Help Hope Live to assist with some of these out-of-pocket essentials.

Community members are urged to make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Nicholas Davis LiVigni at any time at or by calling Help Hope Live at 800.642.8399. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and all proceeds will offset medical costs via Help Hope Live’s Southwest Catastrophic Illness Fund. Not able to donate? Share Nick’s page on social media or call Help Hope Live to learn how you can plan an online or in person fundraiser in honor of Nick.

Help Hope Live is a national nonprofit that specializes in engaging communities in fundraising campaigns for people who need a transplant or are affected by a catastrophic injury or illness. Since 1983, campaigns organized by Help Hope Live have raised over $131 million to pay patient expenses.


Written by Emily Progin