For his father
Student BOT rep raises money online
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 01:10
“Despite any illness, our father has always stayed strong and supported his kids in any way he could,” Lombardi-Nelson wrote on the page. “Even on the brink of death he made sure he gave us the passion, understanding and love we always needed. He is a fighter and always makes sure that we have what we need. … I wanted to do something to make sure that he gets what he needs for a first.”
Within three days, Lombardi-Nelson had crossed his goal with people from across the country and world donating. Some he knew, some he didn’t. With 36 days remaining in the 45-day campaign, Lombardi-Nelson has raised $2,222.
Lombardi-Nelson said he’s grateful for what he’s raised. Hegedus said he has the names of every donor written on a whiteboard in his room.
When he told his father about what he was doing this weekend, his dad’s eyes welled with tears.
Mark Nelson said he has always been proud of his son. He said he provides a great example for his siblings. He said he was speechless when he heard about his son’s latest efforts.
“He helps so much,” Nelson said. “He’s always been such a giving kid.”
His dad chuckled, quickly correcting himself.
“Man,” he said. “I guess he’s a giving man now.”