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Teen Battling Cancer Deserves a Homecoming Dance to Remember
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The scene on a warm November evening in St. Cloud was truly surreal. If one was passing by 11th street, they might have been a bit confused as to what month it is – particularly at the sight of a large group of dressed up teenagers outside of the Venue at Cobblestone with pop music blaring from inside. Or perhaps from the numerous emergency vehicles representing Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Fire Rescue, and St. Cloud Fire Rescue parked alongside Massachusetts Avenue. Either way, if one was to ask anyone in attendance what this is all about – the answer was simple – it was Nate’s “Night to Remember” homecoming dance.

Nathaniel Kimbro is a 13-year-old St. Cloud resident who is battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer – Rhabdomyosarcoma. And while his mother works hard to find him the right treatment plan, his friends and family have rallied together to help Nathaniel – or Nate, as he is known to those close to him – to make the best memories and participate in all of the activities that a kid his age normally would.

And so came about a community plan – not only to decorate Nate’s home for the holidays but also to give him a homecoming party and ensure that despite the difficulties that lie ahead with further treatment, he gets to dance and enjoy himself among his peers on a special night. Dubbed – “A Night to Remember”, it was also a fundraiser to help with the ever-growing costs of Nate’s treatment. All those who attended were encouraged to give what they could into a special vase with all of the proceeds begin donated to Samantha Ciraldo, Nate’s mother.

The hostess and key organizer of the event, Angie Redman – she is the owner of the Venue at Cobblestone – is also the mother of Nate’s date to the homecoming dance – Kaydynce Redman. She reached out to the local community for support in making the night extra memorable for Nate.

“We have decided, since he promised my daughter Kaydynce to take her to Homecoming when they were in 9th grade, that we were going to go and have a homecoming now, just in case because the news we got was not good,” said Angie Redman. “Tonight we are celebrating him, how strong he is and what an amazing warrior he is.”

One particular community group that immediately jumped at the chance to make the evening even more special was the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. They brought out a dozen vehicles to the Venue and lined them up to create an alley of lights leading up to the entrance where Major Jacob Ruiz presented Nate with a special package from the Sheriff’s Office. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office also provided a motorcycle escort from Nate’s home to the Venue at Cobblestone on 11th Street.

“He’s a special kid going through some difficult times and we want to show that we honor him and we support him,” said Major Jacob Ruiz from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. “Not just our agency, the Fire Departments are here as well – the whole community is behind it and we want to show our love and support.”

Nate was arriving in style – in a convertible Chevrolet Corvette driven by his date to the dance – Kaydynce, closely followed by a caravan of heavy trucks filled with friends and family. Dozens of Nate’s friends were already gathered at the entrance of the large open bay doors into the venue. As the Corvette pulled up to the red carpet for the grand entrance, cheers erupted from the crowd. With the help of his mother and close friends, Nate emerged from the car gently waving to the crowd and started to move his way inside where the flowing music beats by Mr. P’s DJ Service were setting the stage for a grand party.

“It’s amazing that people like our community come together,” said Kaydynce Redman. “They make sure that Nate is having the best time of his life.”

His mother Samantha Ciraldo, echoed that sentiment by saying that this kind of event means everything to her.
“When a kid gets cancer, it’s not just the mom and the family fighting – we need the help of everybody, the support of everybody – whether it’s prayers, gifts, donations – anything and everything helps us,” said Ciraldo. “I’m just thankful that he gets to have a night that is about him and about his friends.”

As for Nate himself, he said that pulling up and seeing all of the people who showed up to support him was the most memorable part of the night. Nate said he would be thinking about how much he enjoyed the night as he would go to bed that night. He explained that he was overwhelmed with feelings but it could all be summed up in one word.

“Excited,” said Nate Kimbro.

By Ilya Arbit | Positively Osceola
Sun. Nov. 25, 2018

WRITTEN BY HIS MOM TODAY
There's a side of cancer that no one knows unless you're there, unless you see it, unless you feel the hurt and see the heartache that it brings. Only then do you realize that 4% of cancer research for childhood cancer IS NOT ENOUGH.

I've sat and watched chemo after chemo fail him. It has taken so much good away from him instead of bring any good too him. It has broken his bones, messed with his nerves, dropped his counts, make him puke, give him anxiety, depression. It's done so much bad to his body and caused so much pain instead of healingand giving us hope.

We've been failed by the system. He's been a number and he's been a test. He's a child who's childhood was stolen from him. He's been dealt a hand of cards that not anyone deserves, exspecially him. I watch day in and day out cancer slowly take someone who means the world to me and a little piece of me dies each day.

I can't take the pain. I can't take the cancer. I can't take this all away and as a mother that's all I want to do. I'd take every bit of this from his body and give it to myself is it was able, I'd die just to see him live.

When the pain and the sickness become too much there's so many questions to ask.

Do we keep going and just make more symptoms and hope for ththe best as we have with 18 months of chemo and radiation and Drs. Or do we stop? Do we make the best memories and wait for a miracle?

I don't even know where to go from here.

I have no words for myself or him. They say you'll know when there body is done and the fight is getting too much. But I don't want to face it. I don't want this to be it.

Today we at Nemours because Nathaniel couldn't stop puking and his head is hurting so bad.

Credits: Sharon Marie Merrick
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creighard 350 points
This is one strong boy.   Please reach out and help Nate receive the cancer treatment he deserves
+17 votes
Nov 26, 2018
Queengyp 360 points
Please please please help this family!!!!!!
+15 votes
Nov 26, 2018
LPate 390 points
Ellen, this family is in need of some moral boosting love. You’re the perfect person to initiate the outpouring of love and hope Nate not only deserves but needs. Nate graciously donated 500+ books from a fundraiser to Nemours Children’s Hopsital. Even in his time of need he cares about others who are enduring a horrendous battle. Please, please, please consider making a life changing opportunity happen for Nate, his amazing mom Samantha, & his siblings.
+14 votes
Nov 26, 2018
Mas2668 390 points
I love this boy and his family, I've known Nate since he was a baby.His mom,wow she's simply amazing. Always providing for Nate and his siblings and her and those kids deserve a  miracle for Christmas.... Please Ellen,help Nate.
+14 votes
Nov 26, 2018
Phoenix112870 530 points
Please help Nate and his family.
+12 votes
Nov 26, 2018
Idamackey 780 points
#TeamNate You are the kindest and bravest kid I've ever met. I wish everyday you'll get better and your mom's life gets easier. Your family deserves a perfect and worry free life. You are a hero to so many people Nathaniel !
+9 votes
Nov 26, 2018
Idamackey 780 points
For Nate's birthday all he asked for was for presents for the cancer kids at Nemours. He was able to collect over 1000 toys. It was a crazy amount. This kid is in the fight of his life and is still trying to make the world a better place. His mom was great before he got sick and now she is a warrior. She's a single mother of 4 and wears a smile on her tear streaked face. This family exemplifies the Christmas spirit every day. We that know them are beyond blessed.
+9 votes
Nov 26, 2018
Idamackey 780 points
For Nate's birthday all he asked for was for presents for the cancer kids at Nemours. He was able to collect over 1000 toys. It was a crazy amount. This kid is in the fight of his life and is still trying to make the world a better place. His mom was great before he got sick and now she is a warrior. She's a single mother of 4 and wears a smile on her tear streaked face. This family exemplifies the Christmas spirit every day. We that know them are beyond blessed. #ellen #ellendegeneres #Christmas
+7 votes
Nov 26, 2018
heyitsmel 330 points
We need your help! Nate has been through so much this family has been through more than they should ever have to go through. We love this family within our community please help make this Christmas one to remember!
+6 votes
Nov 26, 2018
Lysac 270 points
+6 votes
Nov 26, 2018
MistyMiotto 270 points
Praying for a miracle for this this sweet boy.  Please help him if you can.  No child should have to deal with this. Praying for total healing in his body in Jesus name! AMEN!
+6 votes
Nov 26, 2018
Phoenix112870 530 points
We really want a miracle for Nate. Please everyone let’s get this family the best Christmas ever
+3 votes
Nov 27, 2018
Snakecharmer5 290 points
Ellen,  this is a story so right for you and what you represent.. This young man is more courageous than most grown men.. He has brought a community together in ways some can only envy... He is a beautiful soul that you should meet,  you will totally love his spirit,  his will and his handsome smile.. please don't pass on this wonderful opportunity to meet the boy whos had an extremity rough year, yet continues to push through❤❤
+1 vote
Nov 27, 2018
Sogle13 300 points
Ellen, this family needs your love and attention to raise awareness and to help find a cure. This young man has been through so much! Our community thinks the world of Nate and his entire family.  Please help them if you can.  Love you girl!
+1 vote
Nov 27, 2018
Rhonda prather 150 points
He needs all of love and prays
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Nov 30, 2018