Remembering Nigel O. Hodge by helping others
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February 19 would have been the birthday of a young man named Nigel O Hodge.
Nigel came home one day from school with a lump under his arm.
His mother took him to the doctor like most mothers would. He was misdiagnosed and sent home. Later on, he got really sick and was sent to Puerto Rico, where he was diagnosed as having a form of cancer called Hodgkin's Disease. Nigel was overdosed because two nurses gave him the same treatment twice. Nigel died. His parents, Josephine and Chester Hodge, received a settlement from the hospital and started a foundation in his honor, The Nigel O. Hodge Foundation.
This weekend, they hosted a birthday party for more than 200 children at Lockhart Elementary School, and the drummers from Addelita Cancryn Junior High School and Ferreie entertained.
The foundation honored several organizations that work with the Virgin Islands youth: Girls on the Go, Weed and Seed, Junior Fire Fighters, The Boys and Girls Club, The Boys Right of Passage, The Sea View Children's Unit.
The Nigel O. Hodge Foundation thanked those who helped make the party special: the Juvenile Unit from Human Services, Vaughn Walwyn, Marita Smith and "Magic" Alston Creque; the Wheatley Center culinary class, which prepared the lunch; Mrs. Skelton, from the Charlotte Amalie High School team, for assisting with serving the food. It was a great success.
Mr. and Mrs. Hodge hope that all who have lost a young child will join in celebrating all of our children, by becoming involved with The Nigel O. Hodge Foundation. Call 777-9530.
To Mr. and Mrs. Hodge, thank you for assisting this community and the families dealing with sickness and loss of a child.
- Patricia Rogers, St. Thomas