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Almost five years after starting treatment for childhood leukemia, Nikki Nash, wife of SYVHS Class of 2003 graduate Nelson Nash, was honored at a baby shower in Solvang hosted by longtime Nash family friend Nicole Ewen Clark.

Clark, also a SYVHS grad, introduced the couple and jokingly claims responsibility for their marriage. The Nash family is in town to visit Nelson’s parents, Dr. Kenneth and Lauren Nash of Solvang. A large group of family and friends turned out Dec. 19 to congratulate the young couple and shower them with gifts for the baby, a daughter, who is due Feb. 11, 2013.

As reported in the Sept. 4, 2008, Valley Journal,, Nash was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia four months into their marriage, forcing both Nikki and Nelson to pull out of Brigham Young University in Rexsburg, Idaho, and move into Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City, where Nikki underwent treatment for the rare disease.

Although the treatment was completed over two years ago, doctors warned the young couple Nikki may not be able to have children, because the side-effects from the chemotherapy and radiation therapy can affect the ability to conceive.

Clark, who has been there with her friends from “dating, their wedding, Nikki’s treatments, her remission and now a baby. They are going to be exceptional parents, and we all can’t wait until February!”

Both Nikki and Nelson have resumed their studies at BYU Idaho and are on track to graduate next year.