After a discussion of childhood illness and death in Professor Dawn Cisewski’s developmental psychology class, Allison Smith (’16), a psychology major, was inspired to take on a charity project. During class, Professor Cisewski highlighted the case of Nathan Norman from Virginia, a five-year-old boy with rapidly progressing brain cancer. When his parents asked what would help him feel better, Nathan said he wanted an early Christmas – and so his family agreed. In honor of Nathan’s fight, the entire neighborhood joined in with decorations, lights and cookies.
After discussing this story and its implications for development in class, Allison felt compelled to join in. She held a Christmas card making event for all of Northeastern University, resulting in over 100 cards which were sent to Nathan in a large package from the University!
If you’d like to send Nathan a card of your own, you can address it to:
81 Dunivan Drive
Rustburg, VA 24588