One Boy, One Giraffe, A BIG THANK YOU!

On February 1st, 2003 a precious little boy came into our world. On March 15, 2013 a precious little boy left our world. I am here to tell you a story, on behalf of my husband Jim and me, of a great community coming together in a time of need.

On March 4, 2013 our son, Nathan, was admitted to the hospital for an acute case of pneumonia. Every day he was getting better and stronger. Then the unthinkable happened. On March 11th his abdomen slowly started swelling.

The morning of March 15th we were informed Nathan had a rare pediatric cancer called Burkitt’s lymphoma. Although a fast moving cancer, we were very optimistic regarding treatment and recovery. Unfortunately, his little body didn’t feel the same. Our son passed away the same evening from this devastating disease.

As word trickled down in our small community and Nathan’s school (Heritage Elementary), people were calling and coming by to express their condolences. From people we knew to people we had never met before. The overwhelming amount of love and support from everyone was truly touching.

I want to let everyone know how much you have touched us. We would love to thank Heritage Elementary Staff, students and parents for wrapping your loving arms around us. Heritage Elementary PTA: Our gratitude, we cannot put into words. Without you taking us in, we would have starved (LOL). 

We would love to thank our mayor, Pat Davis, city council members and the police department for their outpouring of support. We would love to thank the staff at 18 & Under MD for all their love, support and care for Nathan. We would love to thank Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home of Lewisville for their compassion, care and support. Last but not least, we would love to thank our neighbors, friends, family and our employers who have embraced us with love and support. This city we call home is one of a kind. We love you all.

Nathan had a passion for giraffes. His love for them far outweighed his love for himself. Giraffes have the largest heart of any land mammal. We believe Nathan would have given them a run for their money.  Thank you again to everyone.

Linda and Jim Langley
Highland Village, TX


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