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EMS agencies help child with cancer

Five-year-old asked for cards from public safety officers, sparking huge drive from PA EMS agencies

By Laura Geller

RICHMOND, VA — EMS agencies are working a different kind of emergency. It's not uncommon for a child with a terminal illness to be granted a wish. Some want a trip to Disney; others ask to meet a famous person. One Southwest Virginia boy has an unusual request and it's being fulfilled by ambulance crews in our area. Every day EMS workers respond to 911 calls. Now, they're responding to the call of that one little boy. He has a similar emergency but needs a different kind of help.

It started out with a short email from Virginia State Police. It told a sad story with a simple request from a sick boy. Five-year-old Nathan Norman has terminal cancer with tumors in his spine and brain. All he wanted this Christmas is to get cards from public safety officers. The call originated in Southwest Virginia and now has gone state - and nation - wide, including a movement here in the Richmond area.

"I've watched people sit down to write holiday cards and weep," Richmond Ambulance Authority Capt. Brian Hupp described. "I've watched people smile as they draw this young man pictures of ambulances and write poems. It's been so touching to this community and the public safety community as a whole."

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