Nicholas E. Sell of Kenmore, who had a rare genetic disorder, died Wednesday in Women and Children's Hospital. He was 18.
The native of Jacksonville, Ala., had Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome, a disorder involving connective tissue.
He moved with his family to this area in 1989 and received instruction from the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District in his home.
Though he couldn't move his body or talk, he had an augmentative device that allowed him to communicate.
He loved history, social studies, geography and politics, according to his mother, Christine Kukurudza.
"Our many thanks go to Women and Children's Hospital, the physicians, the nurses, the pharmacists -- even housekeepers, dietitians and also to the many RNs who cared for him at home," said his mother. "Thanks to the family and extended family for their love and care, as well."
Additional survivors include his father and step-mother, Jeffrey and Joanna of Cheektowaga; two brothers, Roman A. Kukurudza of Kenmore and Christian of Cheektowaga; a sister, Chloe of Cheektowaga; and his grandparents, Edward and Dorothy of Cheektowaga, Gene and Toni Cram of Anniston, Ala., and Joseph and June Ball of Cheektowaga.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 8 in Fellowship of God's Word, Broad and Seymour streets, Town of Tonawanda.