LIVE: Follow Police & #Cards4Nathan on Patch

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

Three members of the Seekonk Police Department joined a convoy of police cruisers Wednesday that is headed to Virginia to grant the Christmas wish of a young boy who is battling cancer.

First responders from throughout New England are included in the convoy, which was organized by the Burlington Police Department. The participants from Seekonk are Officers Eric Chalifoux and Shaun Kelley and Detective Thomas Hedrick. 

The boy is Nathan Norman, a 6-year-old who was diagnosed with brain cancer three years ago. He lives with his family in Rustburg, Va. Nathan's Christmas wish is to receive as many cards, letters and patches as possible from police officers, firefighters and EMTs—people who are his heroes. 

The first responders gathered not only to send Nathan a card, but also to hand-deliver him many cards and pay him a special visit.

According to Google Maps, the trek from Burlington to Rustburg is 627 miles and normally takes about 10 hours to complete.

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

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


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