The only thing on Dawn Norman's wish list this holiday season is that her 6-year old son Nathan lives to see another Christmas, and that his wish of receiving cards, letters and patches from as many police officers, firefighters and EMTs is fulfilled. Why? Because police officers, firefighters and EMTs happen to be Nathan's heroes.
As reported on New Milford Patch, three years ago, Nathan, who lives with his family in Rustburg, Va., was diagnosed with brain cancer.
"I remember the doctor saying that there was an abnormality," 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."
Like most little boys, Nathan loves to watch police officers, firefighters and EMTs 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.
One of the departments responding to Nathan is the Arlington Police Department. Lt. Brendan Kiernan and his brother Sgt. Sean Kiernan, Officer Brendon Kindle and Officer Michael Foley joined the caravan, which is being led by officers from the Burlington Police Department. The Arlington officers have a few presents for Nathan, including an Arlington Police uniform that has been autographed by the entire department, Capt. Richard Flynn said.
According to WHDH, Burlington police officers heard of Nathan's wish and decided they wanted to help make his Christmas dream come true.
“One of our detectives heard of the wish and started a card around the department,” Burlington Police Sgt. Gerard McDonough told Channel 7 News. “Our honor guard got together and thought it would be a good idea to personally deliver the card to Nathan and his family.”
Burlington Officer James Tigges told the press that police departments all over New England have gotten into the action.
"Forty plus police agencies from all over New England will be gathering at the Burlington Mall and leave as a group (caravan) down to visit Norman Nathan, a young boy in Rustburg, Va., who is ill with cancer," Tigges said.
The officers gathered early Wednesday morning at the mall with a planned departure time of 6:30 a.m.
The Wellesley Police Department is currently running a UStream from their dash cam on the ride down to Virginia.
According to the @NewtonPolice Twitter feed, the caravan is flying green and white ribbons to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn.
You can follow #cards4nathan on Twitter for updates on the trip (above).