Disability rights activist and writer Nick Dupree would have turned 35 years old today had he not passed away in New York City on Feb. 18. A vent user with an unknown rare metabolic disorder, Dupree became an activist at the age of 19 while living with his family in Mobile, Alabama. In an attempt to keep receiving personal care services in his home after he turned 21, he started “Nick’s Crusade.”

Dupree’s crusade