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North Carolina firefighters finish three-day walk in honor of 8-year-old

Posted September 5, 2015 7:45 p.m. EDT
Updated September 5, 2015 9:01 p.m. EDT

— A team of firefighters finished a three-day walk in full gear from Greensboro to Duke University Hospital Saturday. They did it all or a firefighter’s son, who is battling a rare form of pediatric cancer.

“We fight fires together; not just fires, we fight all kinds of stuff together,” said retired Captain Tim Gibbs said. “This is a little tougher than a fire.”

They’re fighting for Morgan Nolan, 8, who has spent nearly a month at Duke University Hospital. He was diagnosed with a cancer called ganglion neuroblastoma, and it has spread throughout his body.

Nolan will receive a stem cell transplant and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

“He’s never once complained or felt sorry for himself or anything,” Gibbs said. “He just knows what needs to be done.”

Nolan lives in Danville, Va., with his father, Spencer, who is the captain for Fire Station 52 in Greensboro.

“Awareness of all these kids who have cancer, and what they’re all going through,” Nolan said. “He knows he’s got an illness, and he just faces it down and takes it. He’s been remarkably strong.”

Morgan Nolan has been at the hospital since Aug. 6 and is expected to spend another seven to 10 days at Duke. He will have to stay in the Durham area in case of complications.

“The thing about it is, it’s hot, but every time we start getting down a little bit, and stuff hurts, we think about him and his son,” Gibbs said. “We think about how much we love them and how much they mean to us.”