On May 20, McCabe was at her office watching the tornado, not realizing the path of destruction it would leave in its wake. As she started driving toward her house she realized how destructive it was. Then she heard on the radio about Plaza Towers.
During the ensuing hours, the McCabes experienced the excruciating process of giving first responders information about their son — where he was in the structure, what he was wearing, if they had a photo.
“It’s not fair,” she said. “And I don’t ever, ever want another parent to have to go through that.”
Nicolas was a very giving child, his mother said. He would always take a couple of extra items from his mom and dad in the morning and take them to school. Later they found out he was taking them for other students who didn’t have them.
“So that’s Nicolas’ legacy,” his mom said. “Our son was a very giving person. I don’t know why. God just blessed him that way.”
McCabe said she hopes others will live by her son’s example and give to others. A lot of people don’t think helping others is worth it anymore, she said. Her son liked those smaller-sized pizzas for lunch; he gave some of them away to a classmate who was one of the other victims, she said.
Thunder player Nick Collison, who was there for a remote with WWLS The Sports Animal host Jim Traber, also spent some private time with the McCabes who brought Isaiah, 9, Nicolas’ classmate and best friend.
The McCabes gave Collison a T-shirt related to the storm shelter fundraising effort, and Collison said he would learn more about what they are doing. The 6-foot, 10-inch player spent a little one-on-one time with Isaiah, who said he has been to several Thunder games.
So far, the effort has raised about $2 million, McCabe said. Thunder players Sam Perkins and Russell Westbrook are among those who have made a donation to Shelter Oklahoma Schools, she said. Scott McCabe said the goal is to have a storm shelter at every Oklahoma school.