Nick John

Happy Easter Race 2019


By: Colleen John  

Nick is my amazing husband. He was not only my husband, best friend, and confidant - he was truly my world. We were one. We were together for 22 years and married 17 ½ years. He changed my life. He made me a better person. His love for me was limitless. No end. He was a kind, compassionate, beautiful soul and if you knew him, you loved him. There was no way you couldn't. Ask anyone about him and they will tell you he was someone very special and the world was left a bit better because he was in it. 

Nick did everything from his heart. Never an agenda with him; he gave because it made him feel good and never wanted anything in return. No matter who you were, he wanted to help you somehow.

One of the things so many people said about Nick was that he was unique. He was the calm in the storm. No matter who you were, he made you feel welcome. His kindness was infectious. He succeeded and made things happen without ever losing his integrity. Always authentic. He believed you could achieve success without ever changing who you are.

Nick was a band manager and his career in the music industry spanned 23 years. He managed several hard rock bands, and one of them won a Grammy in 2017, which was the crowning glory of his career. That band is Mastodon. Nick guided their career from the ground up. They were incredibly devastated when he died. He meant everything to them, and they thought of him like a father. In an industry that is notorious for having so many tough shallow people, with big egos and attitude, Nick was the complete opposite. In their recent tour, proceeds have gone to Hirshberg and so far, it is about $31k. They made a special 'Record Store Day' vinyl single titled "Stairway To Nick John" which will be released in April. Nick's favorite band was Led Zeppelin and Mastodon played that song at his funeral. It was so beautiful they decided to record a studio version and release it as a special limited edition item. ALL proceeds from that record are going to Hirshberg. 

Nick was diagnosed November 21, 2017 at stage 4 and his valiant battle was less than 10 months. He was just 48 years old.                

When you make a donation in support of pancreatic cancer research, you’re helping the Hirshberg Foundation and our researchers get closer to a cure. Funding scientific advances and programs for patients and families helps provide resources today and offers hope for a cancer-free world in the future.

Jennifer Mola