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A convoy of hundreds of police officers, including a group of Stoughton officers, left Burlington Wednesday morning to visit Nathan Norman, a young boy with cancer in Virginia on Thursday.


Stoughton Police officers joined area law enforcement departments Thursday to visit a young boy in Virginia with cancer.

The journey to Virginia started early Wednesday morning when hundreds of police officers from departments around New England, organized by the Burlington Police Department, left the Burlington Mall to caravan hundreds of miles to help make the Christmas wish of young boy battling cancer come true.

The boy is Nathan Norman, who, as reported on New Milford Patch, was diagnosed with brain cancer three years ago. Nathan lives with his family in Rustburg, Virginia.

Like most little boys, Nathan loves to watch cops, firemen and EMT's speed to calls in shiny cars and trucks —sirens blaring and lights flashing —making no stops as they race to save people. 

This Christmas, Nathan is calling upon these heroes to make his wish come true by sending him cards, letters and patches —anything with a first responder insignia.

Thursday morning hundreds of New England police officers gathered to not only send Nathan a card, but to hand deliver him many cards and pay him a special visit.

Sgt. John Bonney origanized Stoughton's group of officers. He is joined by Sgt. Dan McGowan and Officers Jen Sullivan, Tony Pascarelli and Joe DeSousa, SPD executive officer Robert Devine said.

According to Google Maps, the trek from Burlington to Rustburg is 627 miles and normally takes a bit over 10 hours.

The Burlington Police is trying to get as many people involved in this story as possible. They put out a call on Twitter to suggest anyone tweeting about the story use the hashtag #Cards4Nathan.

Follow the action with our Storify stream above as the police head to Virginia to make one boy very happy.

You can see pictures from the Stoughton Police Department here.

Click here to see pictures from Mass Incident Paging.

John Bonney December 20, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I don't have Facebook or Twitter so I'll leave my comment here. We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support for this trip. Meeting Nathan and his family was truly inspirational. It was a long way to drive, but seeing Nathan's little smile was well worth it. We work in a profession that demands us to help people, even if it requires a road trip to get it done.
Michelle Bonney December 21, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I am so proud of my husband, Sgt. John Bonney, and the other officers who made the trip to Virginia. Their dedication is unceasing and they set the highest example of service to others. What an unforgettable gift for Nathan and his family, and for each officer in return. I am constantly in awe of these amazing men and women. Well done.


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