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Fun-loving. SWEET. Adventurous.

In October 2014, Nick noticed a tremor in his right hand he couldn't control. He started losing his vision and became weak on the right side of body. We soon discovered an inoperable tumor located deep in his brain - too deep to safety remove surgically. At the young age of 32, our sweet, happy-go-lucky Nicholas Masculino faced the fight of his life against the most aggressive form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Grade 4.

MRI scans from 7/21/16 on the left, 10/15/14 on the right.

For 2 years, Nick treated and managed life with cancer. He was beating the odds with the tumor shrinking from the size of a golf ball to size of a peanut M&M. He regained his health and strength - it was nothing short of a miracle.

At the beginning of November 2016, Nick found himself in the emergency room again after feeling pain in his lower back and trouble with his nerves. We discovered 3 new tumors in Nick's spinal cord which metastasized from his brain.

Doctors only gave Nick several months to live, but after radiation therapy and starting a new chemo, his tumors shrank and he defied all expectations by continuing to live nearly a full year with spinal metastesis.

At the end of September 2017, after attending getting married to Bryant and their 9th consecutive burn, Nick began feeling symptoms of his spinal tumors again. MRIs showed that his tumors returned and no more treatment options were available to him. In November 2017, Nick was  admitted to home hospice care, where his family and friends focused on providing Nick with the most comfort in this final phase of life.

Nick passed quietly at home in San Francisco at 11:03pm on Wednesday, January 24th after 3 years and 3 months battling brain and spinal cancer. In his final hours, he was surrounded by his mother, his husband Bryant, and many of his closest friends who showered him with love and shared affirmations, stories, laughter, prayers, and music. 

As Nick had instructed, his remains will be cremated and scattered in Hawai’i (the home of his youth) and in Black Rock City (the home of his passion). We also plan to have some housed locally for all to be able to visit, remember, and honor his life and legacy in the years to come. A memorial service will be held on February 24th in San Francisco. Please join the "We Love Nick" Facebook group to get more information about the service, and also to share photos and memories of Nick.

We originally made this site to make it easy for his people to keep up to date on Nick’s life and health, as well as make it easy to help and donate. With his passing, we hope to use this space as a way to provide tribute to his life and legacy. He has touched the lives of many people though his boundless positivity, generosity, and art: his joyous videos have captured love and life, inspiring people around the world. All funds raised will go towards arrangements for his cremation and remains, and also to fund brain cancer research and to support young adults living with cancer.

Nick made the following videos in December 2016 and January 2017 to share his status with all his friends, family, and supporters.

In October 2015, the 1 year anniversary of Nick's diagnosis, his friends got together to celebrate and made him this video on that day. Let's help him make more of these for more milestones.