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Wellesley Among Hundreds of Local Police Visiting Boy With Cancer

A convoy of hundreds of police officers left Burlington this morning to visit a young boy with cancer in Virginia. Follow the story here.

Hundreds of police officers from departments around New England, organized by the Burlington Police Department, left the Burlington Mall early this morning 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. 

This 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.

This convoy includes the Wellesley Police Department, who yesterday ran a UStream video from their dash cam on the ride down to Virginia. The Wellesley Police website also teased that Chief Terrence Cunningham has a surprise for Nathan when he arrives.

According to the @NewtonPolice Twitter feed, the caravan flew green and white ribbons to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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 tweet stream as the police head to Virginia to make one boy very happy.

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