Posted by paulrivas on:
First, special thanks to the Daily Sound for publishing Nick's story before anyone else in town! The following is the contents of a letter I've just sent to the SB Independent, following yesterday's publication of Nick's mother's explanation of his heartbreaking situation, in the hope that it'll be in the paper next Thursday.
I met Nick more than 10 years ago, when I was a camp counselor at the City of Santa Barbara's free summer recreation program at McKinley School. Nick and his younger brother Pat were just two more kids whose hardworking parents probably had nowhere else to send them. My coworkers and I supervised 100 kids a day, every summer, for several years. There must have been thousands.
I remember a great many of them for various reasons, but there are an exceptional few who still stand out. We counselors fought with each other to get these kids in our groups. These were the kids we'd never have to worry about. They wouldn't practice wresting moves on anyone at the swimming pool, they wouldn't torture sand crabs, and if there was a ball left at the far end of the playground, they wouldn't hesitate to run and get it. If they had younger siblings, we wouldn't have to worry about them, either, because the big brother or sister was so great. In short, these kids made our job easier. Nick Cavalier was one of these.
Active, friendly and even-tempered, Nick was a camp counselor's dream. Blessed with a common sense and self-awareness that seem so rare these days, Nick was one of those kids who made me love my job. He was also one of only a handful of participants in our program over the years who inspired such confidence in the staff that he was eventually made a counselor himself. He was that great.
I've run into Nick often since our summer recreation days, although lately I'd wondered where he'd been. Last week, I learned of his tragic situation. While I was sick with sorrow for him and his family, I was not a bit surprised to read that he had been attacked while coming to the aid of a friend. Nobody who knew Nick could have expected him to have acted any differently.
I encourage anyone who has met Nick and been touched by his exceptional nature - or anyone who has simply heard his story and found it impossible not to want to help - to contribute to the Nicholas Cavalier Rehabilitation Fund at any Santa Barbara Bank & Trust branch.
Read the Daily Sound article:
Watch the KEYT video:
Read what Nick's mom wrote in the SB Independent:
UPDATE: Please joins us for evening of food, drink, music and prizes, all in support of our friend and young local hero Nick Cavalier.
Thursday, February 5, 5-8pm at Ruby's Cafe, 734 State Street.
Raffle, Silent Auction and free entertainment!
Music by Tripdavon.
Prizes sponsored by:
Channel Islands Surfboards
Segway of Santa Barbara
Surf-n-Wear's Beach House
and MANY MORE to come!!!