Nearly 200 golfers at the Ponkaboag golf course in Canton, Massachusetts, recently raised money for a police officer’s son from the nearby town of Randolph who suffers from a serious heart condition.
Born with multiple heart and kidney defects, 2-year-old Nate Rodman has had nine operational procedures and two open-heart surgeries — the first when he was just 5 weeks old — with more to come in the future.
His mother, Kristine, explained the red cape Nate sported at the fundraising event: “He wears this to every single appointment, outpatient and inpatient, so he is known as Super Nate at Children’s Hospital.”
The organizer of the event, Kerry Berri, explained how necessary the donations were to compensate for the costly health-care bills.
“The exorbitant amount of medical bills coming in to this family is incredible, so the fact that this community is coming out to help them speaks volumes about the people of Randolph,” she said.
Randolph Police Officer Matthew Rodman, Nate’s father, attended the event with his family. He was grateful for the community support.
“That’s the part that sticks to you,” he told WCVB. “People don’t know who we are. We pass them in the supermarket, and would not recognize me but be here to help us out.”
The annual event, which was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, is expected to raise a whopping $20,000 for the family this year.
“It’s beautiful. It really is, and we are incredibly grateful to everyone here. This is remarkable,” Kristine Rodman said.
The law enforcement community has also shown up for Nate in a big way. When he had open-heart surgery in April, departments from seven neighboring communities sent cruisers to escort the family to the hospital, as well as presenting the toddler with a badge inscribed “Nate the Great,” making him an honorary police officer.