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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Nashua...From the inside: Police officers help fulfill wish from child with cancer

Nashua Police detectives were among the New England contingency who traveled to Virginia to hand-deliver Christmas cards to a cancer-stricken 5-year-old boy.

On Dec. 19, Nashua Police Department Detectives James Stone and Daniel Ostler travelled from Burlington, Mass., to Rustburg, Va., to deliver the cards to young Nathan Norman. Nathan, who was diagnosed in January 2009 with brain cancer and who has since developed a tumor in his spine, had made a special request to receive Christmas cards from police officers, firefighters and EMT’s. ...

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Nashua Police detectives were among the New England contingency who traveled to Virginia to hand-deliver Christmas cards to a cancer-stricken 5-year-old boy.

On Dec. 19, Nashua Police Department Detectives James Stone and Daniel Ostler travelled from Burlington, Mass., to Rustburg, Va., to deliver the cards to young Nathan Norman. Nathan, who was diagnosed in January 2009 with brain cancer and who has since developed a tumor in his spine, had made a special request to receive Christmas cards from police officers, firefighters and EMT’s.

With the assistance of Virginia State Police, word quickly spread throughout the law enforcement community and what began as an effort to collect Christmas cards on Nathan’s behalf, resulted in the idea to hand deliver the cards to Nathan.

Stone and Ostler were part of a contingent of more than 200 officers from various Police Departments throughout New England that made the trip to Rustburg in order to help fulfill Nathan’s Christmas wish.

The caravan of more than 90 cruisers departed from Burlington and made the 10½ trip to Rustburg. The contingent then met with Nathan and his family at Liberty University and presented Nathan with the Christmas cards and other gifts and memorabilia that had been collected by the various law enforcement agencies.

Zumba fundraiser

While waiting for the News Years ball to drop, Zumba fans can drop a dime to benefit victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.

The Zumba Z Club will host a fundraiser on Monday, from 10 a.m. - noon.

A donation of $10 is suggested for the session. Zumba is a choreographed fitness and dance routine. The Z Club is located on the fourth floor of the mill building at 100 Factory St.

The money will be donated through Save the Children and earmarked for victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy, said Cheryl Stuart-Vail, the Z Club owner and a certified Zumba instructor.

Among Save the Children’s services is providing counseling for children after tragedies occur, Stuart-Vail said.

Children can attend the Zumba fundraiser for free with a parent, Stuart-Vail said.

Nashua ... from the Inside was compiled by Patrick Meighan.