This past Father’s Day, the world lost Nathan White to a lifelong heart condition. He was a son, brother, coworker, friend, husband, and father-to-be, and was gone much too soon at the age of 31.
A lifelong Buffalonian, Nathan attended Canisius College and worked as an IT Support Specialist at Superior Group, a staffing company headquartered in Williamsville. I had the honor of working with him for about a year and a half, and will always remember him as one of the first friends I ever made at the company.
Nathan and his wife, Tara, were also Sabres season ticket holders, and to call him a fan would simply be an understatement. He was without a doubt the biggest fan I’ve ever met, and probably will ever meet.
At the time of his passing, Tara was pregnant with twins, and the thought of them never meeting their father is so hard to imagine. However despite this tragic loss, their boys Nathan and Oliver have proven to be a shining light in a time of such darkness. Now they are happy and healthy at two months old.
Nevertheless, Tara is understandably experiencing financial challenges due to raising two young children on her own. She recently returned to work, so she is faced with the high costs of childcare and formula, in addition to other expenses.
What they have been through is truly inconceivable, but the Western New York community has once again lived up to its “City of Good Neighbors” slogan, raising over $6,000 through a GoFundMe account and holding a diaper drive.
With the holiday season upon us, it certainly is an emotional time for the White family as they experience their first Christmas with the twins – their first without Nathan.
To help support Tara during this difficult time and hopefully make their holidays a bit brighter, popular local company 26 Shirts has dedicated their latest, 100% crowdsourced t-shirt campaign to her and the boys.
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday upon us, many of us will likely be scouring the internet for the best deals of the season. I would encourage you to consider using your holiday shopping for a good cause by purchasing an “Ugly Buffalo” t-shirt or sweatshirt.
The design, created by Buffalo illustrator Alex Pawlicki, mimics the ever-popular ugly Christmas sweater while paying homage to Buffalo’s own wings, Beef On Weck sandwiches, as well as the Buffalo Bills and Sabres franchises.
For every item sold, 26 Shirts will donate $8 to Tara, Nathan, and Oliver.
If you’re interested in showing your #BuffaLove and purchasing a shirt or sweatshirt, please go to http://www.26shirts.com/ugly-buffalo.html. This campaign only runs through December 6th, so don’t miss out!
And don’t worry; all purchases will be shipped in time for those ugly sweater parties, Secret Santas, and family gatherings.
It is truly a blessing to live in such a generous community, and I hope that you will consider supporting a local family that could use something to smile about this holiday season.
Thank You and Happy Holidays.