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Celebrating — and keeping — 'Nathan's Promise'

Southbridge resident takes up back-to-school mission

Kristin Mayo helps Taylor Tremblay, 7, select a backpack for her return to school in September. Mark Ashton. (click for larger version)
August 30, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — Some people might think of her as "the bag lady," but she's really more of "the good Samaritan" — or, if you want to get technical, "the very good aunt."

As someone who works with special education students at the middle school in Auburn, Kristin Mayo of Brimfield is familiar with the wants — and needs — of kids with disabilities or problems. "I guess at-risk kids have always been my passion," says Mayo.

So when her nephew, Nathan Phillips, died last September from Hodgkins Lymphoma, she was struck by the need to do something to honor his memory — and the promise of a young life that ended at only 15. The first thing she did was found Nathan's Promise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping other young students, especially those who, like her nephew, might have challenges or "at-risk" elements in their lives.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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