TAMPA - When the cast came off his leg and her 2-year-old son was still limping, Amanda Camp knew something was up.
She never expected the diagnosis, though: Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare and potentially fatal cancer that attacks the nervous system.
Sunday, friends and family gathered at the American Legion Post 138 at the Port of Tampa for a day of live music, food and family fun to raise money for the surgery that could save Nathen Trueblood's life.
The toddler, who loves Curious George and playing with his sisters, has been living in the hospital since he was diagnosed in July. Few doctors can perform the surgery for such cancers, and Nathen's case is even more complicated because his tumor is wrapped around his aorta, grandmother Carolyn Logan said.
The surgery also is expensive. Nathen's family is looking at a $40,000 medical bill, none of which is covered by insurance. Before Sunday's benefit, the family had raised about $3,000 for the procedure.
Nathen is at the Oklahoma University Children's Center in Oklahoma City, where his parents and sisters live. Because his mother, Amanda Camp, is a Tampa native and most of his family live here, Logan decided to hold a fundraiser here.
"He's a tough little guy," she said.
To help and find more information, you can visit www.nathentrueblood.com, or call (813) 741-2876.
Donations may also be dropped off at any Bank of America branch in Nathen Trueblood's name. Tell the teller that the account is in Florida.