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Wauconda man delights in spreading happiness

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  • Predictably dressed in black and sporting a smile, Nick Salvi clutches the Capt'n C trophy he won this year from relatives who voted the 21-year-old Wauconda man as the person who most exhibits the island spirit.

      Predictably dressed in black and sporting a smile, Nick Salvi clutches the Capt'n C trophy he won this year from relatives who voted the 21-year-old Wauconda man as the person who most exhibits the island spirit.
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  • A frequent visitor to libraries, even on vacations, Nick Salvi registers to vote in 2008 at the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein.

      A frequent visitor to libraries, even on vacations, Nick Salvi registers to vote in 2008 at the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein.
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  • With the unending support of his parents and educators, Nick Salvi graduates from Mundelein High School with the class of 2010.

      With the unending support of his parents and educators, Nick Salvi graduates from Mundelein High School with the class of 2010.
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  • Possessed of an unquenchable thirst for information, Nick Salvi enjoys this trip to an aquarium.

      Possessed of an unquenchable thirst for information, Nick Salvi enjoys this trip to an aquarium.
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  • Wearing his trademark black, long-sleeved shirt on a warm day, Nick Salvi enjoys Civil War Days and just about anything that has to do with history.

      Wearing his trademark black, long-sleeved shirt on a warm day, Nick Salvi enjoys Civil War Days and just about anything that has to do with history.
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  • Clowning around with a funny hat in this 2006 photo that illustrates his pirate persona, 21-year-old Nick Salvi is the guy you hang with when you want to smile, a friend says.

      Clowning around with a funny hat in this 2006 photo that illustrates his pirate persona, 21-year-old Nick Salvi is the guy you hang with when you want to smile, a friend says.
    Courtesy of Salvi Family

  • Shown here portraying an angel for a play in 1994, Nick Salvi of Wauconda would be diagnosed at age 18 with a rare disorder known as Angelman syndrome.

      Shown here portraying an angel for a play in 1994, Nick Salvi of Wauconda would be diagnosed at age 18 with a rare disorder known as Angelman syndrome.
    Courtesy of Salvi Family

  • A father's touching letter to his special son.

      A father's touching letter to his special son.
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  • During the party celebrating his graduation from Mundelein High School in 2010, Nick Salvi makes a speech from the front of his home in Wauconda.

      During the party celebrating his graduation from Mundelein High School in 2010, Nick Salvi makes a speech from the front of his home in Wauconda.
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  • Pinning on this boutonniere to celebrate Nick Salvi's high school graduation capped off the years of dedicated work Kathy and Al Salvi put into making sure their son would reach that goal.

      Pinning on this boutonniere to celebrate Nick Salvi's high school graduation capped off the years of dedicated work Kathy and Al Salvi put into making sure their son would reach that goal.
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  • Young Nick Salvi, front left, sits next to his dad, Al, and their friends during this outing during a vacation in Mexico.

      Young Nick Salvi, front left, sits next to his dad, Al, and their friends during this outing during a vacation in Mexico.
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  • Even as a baby, Nick Salvi showed signs of quirkiness.

      Even as a baby, Nick Salvi showed signs of quirkiness.
    Courtesy of Salvi Family

  • Video: Goal of Angelman Foundation

 
 

Handing out a business card identifying himself as ceo of world renowned treasure hunters, 21-year-old nick salvi of wauconda smiles broadly."world renowned," nick says, letting those words hang in the air as if contemplating how odd that phrase must sound to a stranger who doesn't know the real nick salvi. "well, i'm going to be." with childlike enthusiasm, nick explains how he came to be the guy he wants to be, despite a condition that others find debilitating.

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