Throughout his chemo therapy treatments, Nathan Norman never lost his hair. He is hoping by losing it all together with his brother and father, he will be one step closer to finding a cure for cancer. A dream shared by his mother Dawn.
"He wants to do it for himself, he wants to do it for all of the other children for all the friends he has or the kids he doesn't know that are battling pediatric cancer. Some of his friends don't have hair," says Dawn Norman.
Leading up to the inspiring moment, more than 60 people signed up for Lynchburg College's Saint Baldricks event to shave their heads, raising more than $10,000, which will all go towards research to find a cure for pediatric cancer. The support means everything to the Norman family; because that one dollar donated could be dollar that saves Nathan's life.
"Whenever he finishes these treatments we are running out of options. Our next option is a clinical trial that is in Pittsburgh, but even with all of the clinic trials available he doesn't qualify for most of them so for us research funding is the utmost importance," says Norman.
Last fall Nathan signed a letter of intent with the college's baseball team. More than 20 players shaved their heads and raised $4,000 to support their teammate. Brandon miller was one of the first.
"I think it is a great representation of the team and how we back each other up and back up Nathan for what he is going through," says Miller.
There were plenty of tears, smiles, and laughs, but in the end the most touching moment was seeing a little boy fighting a big battle, and being strong enough to make a difference for others suffering too.