Lets help this 6 year old get his wish which may be his last.
There is a 6 year old child in Rustburg, Virginia who is dying of terminal cancer. His special request is to receive Christmas cards from police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel.
Cards can be mailed to:
81 Dunivan Drive
Rustburg, Virginia 24588
Consider it done!
Thanks alot the little guy will love to get as many as he can get.
Thanks for sharing Steve. I noticed in news story you posted (from Sept) they had a link to a FB pg and I read a recent update about Nathan so sharing here as fyi. What an amazing little boy and family. j
Update from Nathan's parents:
Since last update things have been crazy at our house. We have been receiving hundreds of packages and cards a day from all over our country and other countries for Nathan and our other children. Police, Fire, Rescue, and other emergency personnel as well as various specialized agencies (i.e. FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol, Counter Terrorism, etc) have been sending Nathan badges and challenges coins. So many of these heros have been mailing our little 5 year old boy to tell him how brave and courageous he is and how much of a hero he is. Sarah, Matthew, and Tabitha have also been receiving badges from some telling how strong and brave they are. We have received visits, calls, emails, etc from these heros all over asking about Nathan and wishing our family well. Some students at Lynchburg College even held a small party for our kids. We are both honored and humbled by all of this attention to Nathan, Sarah, Matthew and Tabitha.
So many different departments are going to extraordinary lengths to make all four of our children feel so special, and they truly are. Some have asked us if Nathan is going to make it until the end of the year and to see Christmas. We want to explain again just so everyone understands. Yes Nathan has a brain tumor and spinal cord tumor that have progressed 3 times. The brain tumor did metastasize once last year when it showed up in the spine for the first time. He has had brain surgery in 2009 and spinal surgery in 2011 to partial remove/debulk portions of the tumors. The tumors themselves are low grade (WHO GRADE II) Astrocytomas (which are suppose to be slow growing). However, since shortly after Nathan’s first surgery in 2009 we found out that his tumors do not realize they are suppose to be slow growing and they behave aggressively. Nathan up to this point responds very well when on chemotherapy and each time his tumors have stabilized (the tumors are there just not growing) then shortly after he stops chemotherapy the disease begins progressing again. Nathan was on chemo from March 2009-August 2010 for a full 18 month treatment of Carboplatin which stabilized him until October 2011 when the tumor metastasized to the spine and the brain tumor began growing again. After his spinal surgery on Oct 31, 2011 he began combination chemotherapy in November 2011 using both Vinblastine and Avastin. These treatments should have lasted 18 months but his little body could not handle them and his quality of life had greatly decreased so in March & April 2012 we decided to stop both treatments. Nathan remained stable until Sept 2012 when the brain tumor began growing again and the spinal cord tumor popped back out. So in September he restarted chemotherapy this time using Temodar and Etoposide orally at home one month for 5 days then the following month using Revlimid for 21 days orally at home and continuing to rotate between the three drugs. We are hoping and praying that he will be able to continue these meds for the full course of 18 months but we just do not know how long his body will be able to take the meds. Up to this point, 3 months in, he is doing well. His appetite comes and goes, especially on days when he is actually on the chemo as well as his energy. He is still having some bladder/bowel issues from the spinal cord tumor progression but overall doing well. But as of now he is still going strong and enjoying life. We know that after these meds are completed that most likely we would just be looking at clinical trials, but for now we will press forward with the chemo regimen he is on. His scan in November showed that both tumors were responding to the treatment and had stopped progressing (once again they are still there just not growing while on treatment).
His next scan is in February so between now and then we will just continue to go here in town for weekly blood draws and rotate between the three chemo meds he is on. We did not start celebrating Christmas early because we thought that he would not make it until Christmas. We started celebrating Christmas early because Nathan love the lights and all of our family loves celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior. We hope and pray that Nathan has many, many more Christmases with us and that in the mean time while he continues to fight against his cancer that one day there will be a cure.
We are so thankful for the wonderful support everyone has been in reaching out to Nathan and our other children and encouraging them to fight and press on. One thing many do not realize is that when one person in the family is diagnosed with cancer the whole family is, it is just Nathan that has the physical symptoms. Sarah, Matthew, and Tabitha battle it just as much. They pray for a cure and question what research is being done to help. They worry when Nathan is not feeling well or when his eyes are tired. They stay so strong and many times go unrecognized for their bravery and courage. Thank you to all of those who have reached out to them as well, it means so much.
This week Nathan’s labs have taken a bit of a drop, still not terrible but we are going to wait until next week’s labs before we start back on chemo to make sure his platelets do not drop too low. He is still doing well. Today and yesterday were the first days in a while that he seemed to struggle more with his tics, bladder issues, and he said he saw an angel this afternoon for the first time in a while. This time it was a little different whereas before he always said they were small and tiny. This time he described it as big, gold, with hands and feet but no face. For those who have not been following Nathan’s story the entire time, this has happened in the past usually around the time when his tumors have been progressing. Since his tumors were stable as of last month we are not quite sure why this is happening but we are going to keep and eye on it incase the February MRI needs to be moved up. But for right now we will live it as it is. He just talked about it very matter of factly and continued to play.
The Christmas Bag project this year has been unbelievable. We have right around 3,000 bags to go to various hospitals and the list continues to grow. We are going to Duke, UVA, Roanoke, several hospitals in NY (still waiting for complete list), LeHigh Valley PA, Kings Daughters, a hospital in Scotland, and we are trying to get into John Hopkins and DC Children’s but still waiting to hear back on both of those. Thank you to Gleaning for the World for letting us use your facility this year. And thank you to everyone who has helped in anyway, so many different schools, churches, and businesses that took up donations. What a blessing!!
Norman family (Nathan on far left side held by his mother) photo from www.caringbridge.org/visit/nathannorman
I spoke with the Chief and she told me she was putting together a package to send to Nathan and his siblings! I was overjoyed to find out that USFRA will be contributing to this very special young man's wish. Thanks for posting Steve!
Fyre has rallied the fire district and we all are sending packages to Nathan per firehouses. Way to go Chief! We all are very proud to be in your district!
Consider it done from our firehouse Steve.