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Free event to thank community, raise funds for three-year-old cancer victim, child cancer research

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By J.J. Smith. Last December three-year-old Nate Oxford of Fate suddenly began throwing up each morning. Thinking it was caused by a sinus condition, his parents – local insurance agent Wes and Jackie Oxford – took him to his pediatrician, who recommended they immediately take him to the hospital.

An MRI revealed that little Nate had tumors at the front and back of his head, plus they were spreading down his small spine.

Doctors operated two days later to remove as much of one tumor as they could, but had to wait to start Chemotherapy until the small boy could recover from the surgery. In the meantime, the aggressive cancer spread rapidly, preventing Nate from speaking and walking.

Now, thanks to a unique trial cocktail of chemotherapy drugs which only 13 other children across the nation are also receiving, the little boy is learning to walk and talk again, with the help of therapists and family members.

Nate has been diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. Only about 500 cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, with a small percentage affecting children under 3 years old.

He continues to undergo extremely expensive clinical trials under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Bowers, a pediatric oncologist on staff at Children’s Medical Center, who said he is encouraged by the boy’s response to treatments.

Nate’s chemotherapy will continue for at least a year and he will have to undergo numerous forms of rehabilitation, including physical and speech therapy.

Since the news about Nate’s condition started spreading, family, friends and even many strangers have stepped in to offer an outpouring of support and prayers for Nate.

“We have received such an outpouring of love and support from the community, from so many individuals and churches, it is unbelievable,” said Nate’s grandmother, Lana Carlisle of Emory.  “We feel so grateful to everyone.”

“He’d originally only been given a short time by the doctors to be with us,  so we feel so blessed for every single day we can spend with little Nate. Now we’re praying for a miracle, because miracles do happen when you have faith and put your trust in God.”   

Now Nate’s family and friends are hosting a free “Giving Back” charity event June 13 in the Rockwall area with lots of family fun activities to thank everyone who has been so supportive, plus raise funds for additional childhood cancer research conducted by Dr. Bowers through their newly-created non-profit “Giving Back” Nate Oxford Foundation.

The free event will take place from 11 am to 4 pm, at Pullen Elementary School, Horizon Road and FM 549 in Heath, featuring pony rides, bounce houses, “Casting for Kids” fishing demo, vintage car show, chili cook-off, Shriners’ clowns, “Golf USA” training for kids, games and a blood drive.

To raise funds, there will be a silent and live “celebrity auction,” plus a unique raffle called “Golf Balls from Heaven,” during which golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter in the sky and the balls dropped nearest the holes win prizes.

Prizes will include a $1,000 television, his/hers watches, $500 gas card, $300 Wal-Mart gift card, and a round of golf for 4 at Buffalo Creek Golf Course.

Raffle tickets are just $10 each.

To help the family by purchasing raffle tickets, donating silent and live auction items, contributing funds or for more information, visit www.prayfornate.com or email carlislelana@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Response for “Free event to thank community, raise funds for three-year-old cancer victim, child cancer research”

  1. RHONDA MISHLER says:

    If you would be willing to participate in the Special Patient Blood Drive to be held on June 13th at Pullen Elem. please call or e-mail Rhonda Mishler to schedule an appointment. I can be reached at 214-500-3093 or rhondambi@sbcglobal.net. Thank you for giving the gift of life.

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