Rustburg, VA - A very brave five-year-old little boy is fighting for his life, battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Nathan Norman, a five-year-old little boy from Rustburg, has being battling cancer since 2009, when he was just a year old.
It started as brain cancer, but Nathan now has a tumor in his spine as well. He's undergone surgery and chemo, but his latest medical scan in August showed the tumors are growing again.
As Nathan begins a new round of chemo, he had one request for his mom and dad.
"Nathan has asked when we got home if we would put up our Christmas tree and our lights. He thought that would make him feel better cause he didn't feel good," Nathan's mom Dawn said.
With Christmas still three months away, his parents obliged.
"Does it matter if people think we are crazy? Does it matter? Absolutely not. If this is his last Christmas and he can spend it for months, absolutely," said Nathan's dad, Bobby.
But the family quickly learned that the spirit of Nathan's early Christmas is spreading.
Friends and family began putting up Christmas lights and Christmas trees. Then Christmas cards started appearing in the mail, from friends and family and people the family doesn't even know.
"Every day he goes to the mailbox and receives 20-30 cards—Christmas cards," Dawn explained.
With the support of friends and family, and those they've never even met, the spirit of Christmas is giving hope to the Norman family.
"We are enjoying what we have and what we know right now, and what we have today is Christmas on September 26, 2012," Dawn said.
Send Christmas cards to:Nathan Norman 81 Dunivan Drive Rustburg, VA 24588
To join Nathan's Christmas Facebook page, click HERE.
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