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Nick Gilbert to undergo brain surgery this week

The son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert previously had surgery over a decade ago.

2013 NBA Draft Lottery Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Nick Gilbert, the son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, will undergo major brain surgery this week at a Detroit hospital.

ESPN’s Doris Burke first reported Nick Gilbert’s surgery during the telecast of Sunday’s Cavs-Celtics game. ESPN’s David McMenamin confirmed the news with a team spokesperson.

Nick Gilbert was born with neurofibromatosis (more commonly known as NF), a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time. He previously underwent major surgery over 10 years ago and has been treated by chemotherapy on-and-off for the last 15 years. He currently attends Michigan State University, Dan Gilbert’s alma mater.

Dan Gilbert is on the board of directors at the Children’s Tumor Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to find a cure for NF.

Nick Gilbert became known to Cavs fans when he was 14 years old after he served as the Cavs’ representative at the 2011 NBA Draft lottery and wore a bowtie and thick-rimmed glasses. When the franchise won the No. 1 overall pick, Nick Gilbert was dubbed the franchise’s good luck charm.