Father at Wounded Warrior Games, but his heart is with son graduating from UH

Published On: May 11 2013 05:36:00 PM HST

A wounded veteran from Mililani, is defending his gold medal at the Wounded Warrior Games on the mainland, but his heart is with his son on the UH Manoa campus.

Alexander Nicholas has his diploma, an achievement he shares with his mom. But, he'll have to wait to celebrate with his dad who is now in Colorado at the Wounded Warrior Games. For now, a phone call will have to do.

"Hey dad!" said Alexander.
"Aloha, son how are you? Congratulations!" said his dad.
"I just want to make you proud dad," said Alexander.
"Well you will, you already have," said his dad.

After 23 years of service in the Marine Corps, Alexander's dad Master Sgt. Dionisios Nicholas has sustained extensive spinal cord injuries while training overseas.

"I learned that we shouldn't take life for granted even though we suffer and we are in dark places. There is hope and there is light," said Dionisios Nicholas.

"Once he set up his goal, he'll reach it, it doesn't matter how hard it is. He always overcomes things" said wife Keiko Nicholas.

Alexander says with his electrical engineering degree, he hopes to make life better for his dad and others with similar injuries.

"They have guys with amputations and spinal cord injuries. I said, 'Well, my son is going to do something about that,'" said Dionisios.

"I feel like he's one of the greatest dads in the world right now, and just happy that he's been patient with me and supporting me with my academics," said Alexander.

Alexander says he'd like to create a micro-robot that could fix spinal injuries. He hopes to attend San Jose State for his master's degree.


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