Nathan Norman's story, which we brought you last year, is difficult to forget. His battle with brain cancer touched EMS, fire and police personnel right here in Richmond and all over the world. Now, the six-year-old's family has started a non-profit to help others like him.
His fight with brain cancer continues and he just went a round with pneumonia last week. Still, Nathan Norman looks and acts like any six-year-old.
Talk to him, and you'll see the stark contrasts in words you don't want to hear from a child.
"I've been going to Duke a lot and hospitals a lot," he described. "I'm still taking chemo."
Nathan's mom, Dawn, realized her son, who has been battling brain cancer since 2009, is not alone. That's why the Normans have started "Hope 4 Tomorrow." The nonprofit has a support group and raises money for pediatric cancer research and for other families waging the same war against the disease. The name is also a family motto.
"We have hope that regardless of what happens with Nathan that he's going to be healed one day whether it's here on earth or ultimately in heaven," Dawn said. "And, we continue to have that hope that God is going to allow someone to find a cure one day."
If the nonprofit can help that become a reality, the little boy's hopes might also be realized. The childhood phrase "when I grow up," which Dawn so loves to hear Nathan say, might seem more realistic.
When we asked Nathan what he wants to be, he replied, "a lot of different things: a firefighter, a police, an FBI."
Hope 4 Tomorrow's first event is a 5k fundraiser at Peak's View Park in Lynchburg on September 7. The group will meet at the Ardmore Drive entrance at 8:00 a.m.
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