Gregory Thomas Hickman
In Loving Memory
Gregory Thomas Hickman was an amazing 'warrior. At age 14 a rare childhood cancer, rhabdomysarcoma, interrupted his life. His life was just beginning. As a freshman at Middletown High School South he had already become acclimated to the charms and challenges of high school culture and was enjoying this rite of passage with vim and vigor. He was excited to be representing the last of the Hickman clan as the youngest member of a very large and close-knit family. As a freshman, Greg had become a member of the HS Varsity swim team.
Greg's dreams were replaced by nightmares. In December of 2007, Greg was diagnosed with rhabdomysarcoma. Following his diagnosis, he and his parents traveled daily to Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC to endure an aggressive chemotherapy regime, along with radiation treatment and endless tests and scans. Instead of frolicking the halls of his high school, Greg was negotiating the halls of MSK. He did this like it was his job. Never once did Greg complain. Greg had the fighting spirit of a great Olympian. His perseverance, determination and positive attitude led the fight against the beast inside him. Throughout his treatments he continued doing the things he loved most: skiing, volleyball, dirt bike riding, surfing, swimming, going to the beach and hanging out with his friends.. He gave his family the strength and love they needed to carry them through.
It is with this same fighting spirit that Greg's family wishes to perpetuate the memory of their son. The outpouring of love and support they received from the community at large was an incredible source of strength for them. They want Greg to live on through the kind acts we can provide to others through the Greg T. Hickman Foundation. Greg's family wishes to provide support to families struggling with similar diseases and misfortunes as they share their pain like only a parent can