Nick next started palliative chemotherapy that provided him with comfort and no pain. His family worked with specialists at CHOP to maintain his quality of life and worked with hospice so that they could care for Nick at home, surrounded with extended family and friends.
Nicholas Anthony Mincarelli passed away on March 12, 2012 at age 8. While his life was cut short he also touched many people. His gentle smile could melt the hearts of those around him and his laughter was infectious. Although Nick’s illness made him appear frail at times, he possessed strength, perseverance and the ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. With his courage, he led people to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories.
Nick attended Plymouth Elementary School and was a Bear Cub in Pack 216. He could spend hours putting together his LEGO sets or playing Ben10 or Star Wars Wii games. He loved Halloween, playing tricks, and telling jokes. He always wore Spiderman socks except when swimming and digging massive craters at the beach. Nick loved baseball and had a special affinity for the Philadelphia Phillies. Nick was a really kind and loving friend and always tried to make people happy. Nick will always be remembered for giving the best hugs ever and for truly being a hero to everyone he met.