Hundreds of New England Officers Arrive in Lynchburg to Support Nathan Norman
Lynchburg, VA - A lot of ABC 13 viewers spotted a convoy of police cars from out of state driving down Route 29 into Lynchburg on Wednesday.
They all rolled into town from the New England area to show support for 5-year-old Nathan Norman, the Rustburg boy fighting cancer.
Nathan has had several visitors from police, fire and EMT departments from all over after someone posted his story on the "Wish Upon a Hero" website.
But this is the biggest group to visit.
Thursday morning, 100 police cruisers carrying more than 250 officers from Massachusetts and New Hampshire paraded along the campus of Liberty University for the Norman family.
Sergeant Gerard McDonough with the Burlington, MA Police Department heard other officers were sending Nathan Christmas cards on Wish Upon a Hero.
"Looked at some planning, saw it was only a 10-12 hour drive down here and thought maybe we can do one better and personally hand deliver our card to Nathan," McDonough said.
McDonough brought a few friends along -- 85 departments in all., including Jorge Ortiz with the UMass Boston Police Department.
"I have two little ones and it hurts. I can just imagine how difficult it is for them. This is the least we could do for him," Ortiz said.
Along with the tears there was laughter -- making all those hours in the car seem like minutes for this sea of blue.
Lt. Chris Munger traveled 12 hours with the Watertown Police Department.
"When we came around the corner of the hill here and went by and saw the big smile on his face and we had the lights on," Munger said. "Even having us jump on one foot! He made us smile and hopefully we brought the smile back to him too."
A family friend and Lynchburg Police helped with some of the leg work on the Virginia side. Nathan's mother and father, Dawn and Bobby Norman, had no idea how many officers were going to show up.
"Wow. Words just can't describe what it has been like to have all of these people reach out to Nathan and our family," Bobby Norman said.
"Some have said Nathan is dying with cancer. He is not. He is living with it he is living each day to the fullest," Dawn Norman said. "We know, we know what is going to happen when the medicine runs out. We know what is going to happen if God doesn't choose to heal him. But he is living every day to the fullest and he is enjoying every moment."
The New England area officers will take Christmas bags back from Nathan to children fighting cancer in their own areas. His family has been delivering those bags to children at other hospitals over the last couple of weeks. They've made about 3,000 this year.
Lynchburg, VA - Nathan Norman, a 5-year-old boy from Rustburg who's fighting an aggressive cancer right now, got a whole lot of support from the New England area Thursday morning.
More than 250 officers from the New Hampshire and Massachusetts arrived on the campus of Liberty University to bring Christmas cheer to Nathan and his family.