Your donation can help us end NF!

Bow Tie Day at the Rocket Mortgage Classic was created to honor the memory of Nick Gilbert, son of Dan and Jennifer Gilbert, and to spread awareness about neurofibromatosis (NF). NF is a genetic condition that causes tumors to grow on nerve pathways throughout the body. There is no present cure to NF, which impacts one in every 2,000 people throughout the world, including all races, ethnicities and genders.

In 2011, Nick represented the Dan Gilbert-owned Cleveland Cavaliers at the NBA Draft Lottery wearing his signature bow tie, beginning a four-year span that saw the team win the #1 draft pick three times. Since then, the Bow Tie became a symbol associated with Nick’s passion, optimism and love for life.

Nick was a pillar of strength throughout his 26 years of life – publicly sharing his story of NF and giving a voice to the millions of people battling this disease worldwide. Through Bow Tie Day, we are proud to continue this mission in Nick’s honor.

Fill out the form below if you’d like to make a donation to NF Forward. Your contribution will support outstanding research to conquer this devastating condition that impacts so many and for which there is no cure today.