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December 20, 2012

Police fulfill boy's Christmas wish

Area police join convoy to bring cards to terminally ill boy in Virginia


Hearing Nathan was a fan of Star Wars, the entire Beverly department signed a Christmas card with a picture of Yoda, the wise Jedi teacher from the film series. They also brought a card from the Beverly High School hockey team and few small gifts for the family.

Along with a Christmas card, two Marblehead officers will bring Nathan an official honorary Marblehead police badge engraved with his initials and a mountain-bike patrol polo shirt complete with his name and a badge embroidered on it.

Marblehead’s Penny Bear Company has contributed four bears — one dressed in a police officer’s uniform — for Nathan and his brother and sisters. The trip will be funded by the individual officers, with co-workers donating to the trip.

Marblehead police Chief Robert Picariello said they became aware of the effort from an email service and his department was eager to lend a hand.

“I think it is a worthy thing,” Picariello said. “It is a 6-year-old with terminal cancer and when he asks for something as simple as Christmas cards, that is something we can do.”

Word of Nathan’s Christmas dream spread quickly and officers from around the country have been sending letters and visiting him. The family had reported receiving hundreds of letters each day.

Nathan started another round of chemotherapy last week and is taking various drugs to fight tumors in his brain and spinal cord, according to his family’s website.

“These are just to try and stabilize the tumors but will not get rid of the cancer,” the family said. “It is just to try and buy time.”

Nathan’s family has been spreading the Christmas cheer to others by donating more than 3,000 toys to various hospitals and charities.

The convoy will surprise Nathan today.

“When he sees about 200 of us in over 100 cruisers it should really surprise him,” Abrahamson said.

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