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07 February 2009

Episode 034... Nicholas Cavalier: a Story of Hope

In Conversation with Nick's Mother, Faith Magdalena
As the KEYT news story led:
Nick Cavalier, 21, of Santa Barbara seemed to have everything he needed for his young life, plenty of friends, good parents, and a job at the beach. But all of that changed in an instant during a fight on Chapala Street in Santa Barbara six months ago. Cavalier sustained serious brain injuries that night when he tried to break-up a fight between his friend and group of young men.
_This episode of Off-Leash Public Affairs features an interview by OLPA co-Producer Cathy Murillo with Faith Magdalena, determined mother of Nick Cavalier. They discuss what Nick is going through and her hopes for her son.
_This video was recorded 11 Jan. 2009 by co-Producer David Pritchett, on the creaky side deck of Magdalena's home in the Mesa Alta West neighborhood of Santa Barbara.
_Another casualty of the American Health Care Crisis, Nick Cavalier needs some long and expensive specialty therapy. On 05 Feb., his old and new friends held a fundraiser event, with a Facebook page. A fund for contributions under his name has been set up by Santa Barbara Bank and Trust (PO Box 60839, Santa Barbara 93160-0839).
_SB Daily Sound reported on his plight, in addition to opinion essays by Paul Rivas at his Goleta blog and an Independent Voice by Faith Magdalena, which includes some highly lively and illuminating comments there.
UPDATE (10Feb.2009) by Faith Magdalena: "The fundraiser was a great success. So much love and support! We will be planning another one at Deano's hopefully and then a homecoming BBQ at Ledbetter Beach. Nicholas will be entering Sylmar Health and Rehab Center [in Santa Clarita] instead of CNS in Bakersfield. I am very happy with what Sylmar has to offer in that they can help him with his learning how to maneuver with the lack of sight."

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TV-17 Replay Schedule
02/07/2009 Sat. 10:00 AM
02/08/2009 Sun. 08:00 PM
02/10/2009 Tue. 12:00 AM
02/11/2009 Wed. 01:00 AM
02/14/2009 Sat. 10:00 AM
02/15/2009 Sun. 08:00 PM
02/16/2009 Mon. 12:30 PM
02/17/2009 Tue. 12:00 AM
02/21/2009 Sat. 10:00 AM
02/22/2009 Sun. 08:00 PM

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a worthy story! Thank you Off-Leash for taking it on. I'm from the Washington D.C. area and viewed it via internet. What the devotion, dedication, and love of one mother, one father, one family, and one community can do!

Sleep is sweet. Don't wake me up. I don't want to do, I don't want to know, and I certainly don't want to feel. WAKE-UP!- you said. What happened to Nicholas is becoming a "common" story east to west coast.

Our new President has called this "a new era of responsibility", and it looks like Santa Barbara is the first to take it on. Bravo!

I commend and implore us all, after being awaken of course, to offer at least one tiny hand or strong shoulder to help Nicholas with this uphill journey -- to his beach.

Off-Leash, can you keep this story alive as light always destroys dark and I want to see-- Nicholas to see --this ending. Or is it the beginning for him and others like him? Again, thanks and bravo!!