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Braintree Police Join Envoy to Bring Cards to Child with Terminal Cancer in Virginia

Six-year old Nathan Norman has terminal cancer and is reaching out to policemen, firemen and all emergency service workers to fulfill his final Christmas wish.

Four Braintree police officers are traveling to Virginia with law enforcement agents from across Massachusetts and the country to bring holiday joy to a 6-year-old boy with terminal cancer.

Officer Ryan McHugh, Officer Donald Delaney, Detective Charles Paris and Officer Peter Gillis left at about 5 a.m. Wednesday morning from Burlington, part of a group of more than 100 cruisers, Gillis said in an email this morning.

The Braintree officers are making the 645-mile trip on their own time. They will return on Thursday.

Three years ago, Nathan Norman, who lives with his family in Rustburg, Virginia, was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"I remember the doctor saying that there was an abnormality," his mother Dawn Norman remembers. "The doctor kept telling me over and over that there was an abnormality and then it hit me. He was telling me that my son had cancer."  

An operation removed 55 percent of the tumor; however, Nathan has since developed an inoperable tumor on his spinal cord. Since his original diagnosis, he has been on six different chemotherapy treatments and has had three surgeries.

Like most little boys, Nathan loves to watch cops, firemen and EMT's speed to calls in shiny cars and trucks —sirens blaring and lights flashing —making no stops as they race to save people. 

This Christmas, Nathan is calling upon these heroes to make his wish come true by sending him cards, letters and patches —anything with a first responder insignia.

More information on Nathan's story can be found here: http://newmilford-nj.patch.com/articles/a-christmas-wish-for-a-dying-boy.

Chet December 19, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Great job guys!!! (and Joseph, isn't it a convoy?)
Jeanne Zarrella December 19, 2012 at 09:12 PM
What a beautiful Christmas gift....
Christine Berman December 20, 2012 at 04:04 PM
So nice to hear the true spirit of Christmas. God Bless you for helping to fulfill this child's wish.
Kathleen DeWitt December 21, 2012 at 04:03 AM
What a awesome gift for that young boy. The look on his face must have been priceless...Nice Christmas gift from you guys. Shows us the kind of character these men had instilled in them by their parents. Keep up,the good work. Nanakate

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