NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 5-year-old Virginia boy who is terminally ill with cancer has one wish this holiday season — to be recognized by first responders and emergency personnel.
New York City volunteer EMS worker Frank Chiaramonte and other local heroes have joined together to make sure Nathan Norman’s wish comes true.
“I reached out to the NYPD, FDNY and EMS workers,” Chiaramonte told 1010 WINS. “We got Christmas cards, we got shirts, we got patches. We got everything that they have, he has now.”
Chiaramonte loaded a 15 passenger van of NYPD, FDNY and EMS goods, including cards and letters of support, which is now on its way to Nathan’s home in Rustburg.
“My phone hasn’t stopped for two weeks straight and the amount of things that we got from organizations is incredible,” Chiaramonte said. “I never thought it was going to be like this.”
Nathan was diagnosed with brain cancer three years ago.
An operation removed 55 percent of Nathan’s brain tumor, but he has since developed an inoperable tumor on his spinal cord.
Police, fire, rescue, and emergency personnel from other states as well as various specialized agencies, including the FBI, CIA and Secret Service, have been visiting Nathan and sending him packages, according to his profile on CaringBridge.org.
“So many of these heroes have been mailing our little 5-year-old boy to tell him how brave and courageous he is and how much of a hero he is,” Nathan’s family wrote. “We have received visits, calls, emails, etc from these heroes all over asking about Nathan and wishing our family well.”
Chiaramonte said he spoke with Nathan’s mom and aunt who are ecstatic about the special surprise delivery that’s coming from New York City.
“He’s an honorary member for New York City police, fire and EMS. There’s nothing much better than that,” Chiaramonte said.