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Timmy Nelson
February 08, 2017 : Valentine's for Timmy drive seeks to meet 1,000 donation goal


Valentine's for Timmy drive seeks to meet 1,000 donation goal

Story courtesy of ABC 6 News - Columbus by Haley Nelson & Csaba Sukosd


CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A five-year-old boy fighting cancer is getting a little boost from the community just in time for Valentine's Day.


Timmy Nelson, a kindergartner at Waverly City Schools, has been forced to miss school recently. Timmy and his family just learned the tumor on the roof of his mouth is cancerous.

Timmy's mother Cassandra is having to drop out of her Early Childhood Education classes at Ohio University-Chillicothe to care for Timmy. But, students and faculty decided that they didn't want the story to end there.


The group has started a campaign to collect at least 1,000 Valentine's Day cards for Timmy.

"I thought, 'He is going to miss his Valentine's (Day) party.' Who doesn't remember that?" says Jamie Harmount the Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Program at Ohio University-Chillicothe who is leading the charge, "You know, the box, the Valentine's cards, the cupcakes, the little hearts...and I said we are going to do a Valentine drive."


Now, cards are flooding in from across Ohio. Harmount says schools from every district in Ross County have sent them in for Timmy.


"Now, I truly believe we are going to see at least 2,000 if not more and that to me shows the goodness of people," says Harmount.


Classmates are taking it a step farther, collecting donations as well to help the family deal with the commute from Southern Ohio to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.


"It is a rare form of cancer, you just hope that they can take care of it within the next year and get him back to school," says Abby Storts, a classmate and co-worker of Timmy's mother.


We couldn't talk to Timmy today because he had to be admitted to the hospital with a fever. But, his mother tells us she wants to thank the family, friends and strangers who have reached out. She says they don't have the words to show their gratitude.


Those looking to send a card can address them to:

Ohio University Chillicothe Child Development Center

Attn: Jamie Harmount

101 University Drive

Chillicothe, OH 45601


Monetary donations and more info about Timmy can be found at a GoFundMe campaign started for him. You can also contact Jamie Harmount by email if you'd like more info on how you can help.


View the video story by clicking here.