Then Nick learned about Nathaniel and his struggle against bone cancer, after his mother Christine reached out to him over Facebook. Through their conversation Nick found out how much his “silly” adventure stories impacted their child’s short life. Nathanial, a nine-year-old boy battling bone cancer in Arizona read Nick Davis’ night guardian adventure stories and they became a source of comfort, inspiration, and strength for Nathaniel, and he began to believe his cuddly toy was watching over him and protecting him as he battled cancer and dealt with the fear and anxiety of his journey.
Davis wrote “A Teddy Bear Tale” in 2012. The story focused on Tristan, a teddy bear, and his group of Cuddly Defenders that helped protect their owners from the monsters under the bed and the critters that go bump in the night.
“I am truly humbled by their story, and very happy it brought them joy at a very dark time,” said Nick Davis. “His mother wanted to let me know the joy my silly story gave him, how it helped him and the memories it gave them as a family as it was read to him. I don’t know what to really say to that, except thank you,” said Davis. “I felt hollow saying ‘thank you’.”
Sadly, Nathaniel, despite a brave fight, passed away in 2013. But Davis said he will keep his memory alive and in this latest story, Dream Warriors, he will be using the preorders of the graphic novel to give back during September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
“After hearing this story, which is just so bittersweet, and learning about this family and all they’ve been through, I thought, ‘What else could I do? There has to be something more I can do’,” said Nick Davis
For every preorder of the Dream Warriors sold during September, Nick will split the royalties and donate half to Nathaniel’s Childhood Cancer Organization to help more children who are battling this disease.
Based in Orrstown, Davis came to Pennsylvania from England over a three years ago, via Maryland.
As a writer, he said, you never truly know or can predict who will read your words and how it will impact them, and the story of Nathaniel proves that.
You can preorder the Dream Warriors by Nick Davis, art by Veronica Smith at http://dreamwarriors.rocks
About Nick Davis – Nick Davis is an Englishman in the USA, the writer and occasional artist of the Night Guardians, the ongoing adventures of heroic kids and cuddly toys who bump back against the bumps in the night and their master, the Boogeyman. Learn more at http://nickdavis.rocks
About Dream Warriors – This is a whole new adventure graphic novel set in the world of the Night Guardians, where Thomas, a cancer-ridden child who dreams of being a Knight of old, Nate his teddy bear spirit guide and Marcy, a whip-smart girl, explore and protect the realm of dreams from the Dark, the nightmare of the Boogeyman. The Dream Warriors is an adventure graphic novel that is coming October 31 and is available for preorder on Barnes & Noble. A bittersweet fantasy adventure, which explores a quite different part of the Teddy ‘verse and a story inspired by the courage of hospitalized children everywhere. Learn more at http://dreamwarriors.rocks
About Nathaniel’s Childhood Cancer Organization – On the sad passing of Nathaniel, his parents formed the Nathaniel Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF), to bring joy to other children’s hospital rooms. The NCCF focuses on providing children battling cancer with care packages, aka Warrior Packs. These are not ordinary activity packs! These packs provide extraordinary items to these brave children like gaming systems, toys, books, electronics and more. Learn more at https://www.nathanielsccf.org/