Ever since 2009, Big Brother Nick Scar has had an altered perspective on life. Nick was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma over five years ago, and decided then he wanted to make a difference in the life of a child. With the diagnosis, he realized he probably wouldn’t have children of his own but decided there were other options.
Fast forward to September 2014, after Nick had time to consider his health and decide on the best option for himself, he became a Big Brother to Nathan. Nick is now five years cancer free, and says his experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa has been nothing but great. During their time together, Nick and Nathan have gone to Blank Park Zoo, the Science Center of Iowa and a Drake football game. They have gone bowling, played video games and enjoyed building legos. The best part of the match so far, Nick says, was going to his parents’ farm.
“Nathan was able to experience so many things that he has never experienced before,” says Nick. On the farm, Nathan got to drive a tractor, ride in a combine, honk the horn on a semi-truck, ride a four wheeler and crawl in and out of other machinery. He also got to meet some of the farm animals, including cattle, peacock, baby calves and farm cats. Although Nick believes the experiences have been rewarding for Nathan, he says they have been life-changing for him too.
“The time that we spend together is some of my best moments I have had since I started this experience. Not only are they rewarding but when the time runs out at the end of our outing, I can’t wait till the next time we get to go out again together and experience a whole new adventure the next time we are together.”
Nick’s experiences with BBBSCI have led him to support the organization in other ways. In addition to being a Big Brother, Nick has joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa Board of Directors. He has also sponsored a TV segment featuring BBBSCI on ABC 5, showcasing the history of the organization and encouraging audience members to get involved.
In addition to that, Nick has also made a number of other donations to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, including a donation made by Hy-Vee in his name as payment for his time as Santa at one of the company’s holiday events. Nick was also the presenting sponsor for Big Shots Golf 2015 and has even offered to donate 10% of his net commission with Iowa Realty for any home bought or sold through him by a BBBSCI volunteer or employee!
Nick’s love and passion for children shows through in everything that he does, specifically with his substantial generosity to BBBSCI programs. Like Nick, you can become a match maker and support children in central Iowa in need of a caring adult mentor. Sign up today!