Pen­nies from Heaven: Mother of for­mer North Penn stu­dent holds head­stone fundraiser

North Penn Life - - OPINION - By Jennifer Law­son jlaw­son@21st-cen­tu­ryme-

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.

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