Pennies from Heaven: Mother of former North Penn student holds headstone fundraiser
Amber Scott buried her 13- year- old son, Nathan, in January after he died Christmas night of an epileptic seizure, but she hasn’t been able to give him her final gift: A headstone.
The $ 3,800 cost is out of her reach, especially because she had to stop working after Nathan died because of health issues related to trauma and grief.
On June 8, Scott had a barbecue and beer fundraiser called Pennies from Heaven so she can get a headstone for Nathan, and also make donations to the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania and the Danny Did Foundation.
Getting a headstone will go a long way toward helping her along in her grief process, Scott said. Right now his grave, at Whitemarsh Memorial Park in Ambler, just has a marker.
“It makes it feel like it’s incomplete, like there’s no closure,” she said. “I just want his final resting place to be as nice as it can be.”
Nathan grew up in North Wales and attended Gwyn- Nor and North Wales elementary schools. In 2012 he relocated to Jenkintown with his mother and older sister and was enrolled in seventh grade at Jenkintown Middle School.
He still has family, including his father, in North Wales, Lansdale and the surrounding area.
Scott said she tried to go back to work as a contractor at Merck about a week after her son’s funeral, but wasn’t able to handle it.
“I was having panic attacks, PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder and it makes it difficult to work,” she said. “I’m in an intensive outpatient program trying to work through these issues.”
Nathan’s autopsy report showed he died of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, which strikes one per 1,000 people with epilepsy per year, according to the Epilepsy Foundation.
No matter how much money she raises, Scott said she will give a portion to the two epilepsy foundations, which she said have helped increase her awareness of SUEDP.
Advantage Auto Credit and Sales has helped Scott, a longtime customer of the business, by donating $ 1 for every Facebook like they received during the month of May, and donating $ 20 for every car they sell. Representatives were there June 8 to give her a check for the funds they raised, which total around $ 1,300.
The Pennies from Heaven Fundraiser was held at the American Legion Post 497, 803R Jenkintown Road, Cheltenham. Tickets were $ 2R in advance and $ 30 at the door. It included food, draft beer and gift basket raffles.
For those who want to help but were unable to attend, Scott set up an online fundraising account at www. gogetfunding. comL projectLpennies- fromheaven. The minimum donation amount is $ R.
“Every little bit counts,” Scott said.