The students at Pullen Elementary have been hard at work collecting coins for their 2nd annual Nickels for Nate campaign. All of the money collected goes to support Camp Nate, which was named in honor of Nate Oxford, a former Pullen Panther.
Nate was a 6 year old boy who courageously fought brain cancer for 4 years. Before his passing in 2013, he and his family attended, Camp Mati, a family cancer camp. It offered a fun opportunity away from hospitals, doctors and the reality of being a kid with cancer. Now, Nate’s family has partnered with Camp Mati to offer a camp designed to provide a week of healing and bonding for families who have lost a child to cancer. The goal is for the families to build a support network with others who have experienced a child battling cancer and then pass from this tragic disease.
Nate’s mom, Jackie Oxford, a 6th grade teacher at Pullen Elementary, and Nate’s older brother, Luke, accepted a check for $1,714.38 for Camp Nate. “What a beautiful way they’ve honored and remembered their friend Nate,” said Mrs. Oxford.