Rustburg, VA - A little boy fighting cancer with the spirit of Christmas captured our hearts one year ago.
We met Nathan Norman just days after he got home from Duke Hospital with tough news-- his cancer was back again.
So the family put up the Christmas tree to give him hope. That message of hope resounded with a lot of you.
Now a year later, Nathan and his family are riding the momentum of the last year, not only continuing their fight against his cancer, but waging war on the disease that is making so many other children sick.
The ornaments from around the world, people touched by Nathan Norman's battle with cancer adorn the year round trees in his home.
Outside, you'd hardly know it was September with reindeer who've camped out on the front lawn, sort of like they are keeping watch over Nathan.
His mother, Dawn Norman, said the year has been filled with three different chemotherapy treatments for this little boy.
"So he's been on those three for a year now, which a good thing and bad thing," Norman said. "Good thing because his tumors are stable, bad thing is we are already a year into it."
The Normans aren't just fighting Nathan's cancer. They're raising money to fund pediatric cancer research and help other cash strapped families in their shoes through their Hope for Tomorrow foundation.
"God has always provided so we want to share the love of Jesus Christ that way with others and give them the hope of saying, first off, we are praying for you and your family," Norman said. "Not only are we praying we are going to do something about it."
Norman said being able to share their story with so many people has helped them because it's given a face to pediatric cancer.
"People always say, he doesn't look sick," Norman said. "There are a lot of children who do not look sick. For them to see a child that could be their own child really makes a difference."
Nathan will continue chemo until the first of the year. Then his parents hope he'll get to be a part of a clinical trial for an immunotherapy vaccine at a children's hospital in Pittsburgh.
As they continue to pray for a cure, the Christmas decorations will stay up as a sign of hope.
"There is hope not just for Nathan but for other children that one day there's going to be a difference made," Norman said. "Until he says I think it's time to take them down they'll stay up year after year, day after day."
Saturday, September 7, the Normans are having a Hope for Tomorrow 5K run/walk at Peaks View Park in Lynchburg. You can register there starting at 8 am., and the race starts at 9 a.m.
Even if you don't come, you can still donate by clicking here.