The Return of a Prized Possession

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

WTAP brought you the story Wednesday of a boy who not only just lost his father to bone cancer, but also had his most prized possession from his dad taken, but Thursday that item was returned.

The Ohio State themed football helmet that was taken from 11-year-old Nathan Lewis just days before his dad passed away has now showed up.

The incident happened last week outside his church as he and some friends were passing football.

Nathan's mom, Tarri Lewis, says the helmet was at the funeral home when they arrived for her husband's viewing.

"It helped restore the faith of my little boy in people. God took something bad and made something good come out of it once again," Tarri said.

Tarri says she believes whoever had the helmet returned it to the church, and then a church member brought it to the funeral home.

Nathan's father, Chad Lewis, purchased the helmet and fixed it up to look like a Buckeye helmet years before his short battle with bone cancer.


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  • by Anomynous Location: Washington, WV on Sep 24, 2009 at 12:00 PM
    Tahnk you WTAP for the wonderful coverage you did for the "Return of the Helment" for Nathen Lewis. The Lewis Family are one of the greatest families I have had the privelege of knowing. Also, thanks to the one who returned it. It was a very courageous act, after realizing it was a terrible thing to take something that belonged to someone else. May God bless you all. And another Great Big Thanks to WTAP.
  • by Jana Location: Belpre on Sep 21, 2009 at 04:24 PM
    Thank you sso much for airing this story. Chad was my cousin and I know how much the helmet means to Nathan.I'm so thankful for the person or persons who returned the helmet. It's just a reminder that there is still good in the world.
  • by Cara Location: Ohio on Sep 21, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    I appreciate the coverage that WTAP did on this story. Had it not been for the coverage, my nephew, Nathan, may not have ever seen this helmet again. Also, THANK YOU!! to whoever returned it. It took alot of courage to admit to stealing it, but, know that you gave Nathan back something that could NEVER be replaced. Chad was a very loving father and I know that he is smiling from ear to ear at what has taken place. He just wanted to show Nathan and Emily that he is still watching over them.
  • by Kim Location: Ohio on Sep 21, 2009 at 12:14 PM
    Thank you WTAP for covering this story! The Lewis family is a very special family and Mrs. Lewis was right when she said that God took something bad and turned it into something good. We can all learn a lesson from Mrs. Lewis' testimony and faith. Let us all continue to pray for the family of Chad Lewis.
  • by Sarita Location: Fllorida on Sep 21, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    Thank you so much for running this story. Chad was my cousin and I know how much that helmet means to Nathan. Thanks for the great coverage.
  • by Grateful Uncle Location: Ohio on Sep 21, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    Many thanks to WTAP for helping to bring about the return of my nephew's helmet. I greatly appreciate the caring and compassionate attitude displayed by the reporter, Ms. Moxley, during this time. Words cannot express how thankful I am that my brother's homemade gift from the heart has been returned, in large part to the exposure that WTAP provided on the subject. I and my family are thankful, indeed.
  • by monica Location: parkersburg on Sep 20, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    hey im so glad that nathan got his helmet back i know what it is like to lose a parent to cancer i lost both my parents god was watching over you guys an he will always be there for you guys and so wont your dad he will still see everything that you do heis watching over you and your family god bless you and your family
  • by Justin Location: Whipple on Sep 18, 2009 at 05:53 PM
    I am so glad to hear about the return of the helmet! May god be with you and your family. God Bless!!!
  • by Kim Location: Huntington on Sep 18, 2009 at 05:49 PM
    I was so glad when I read this that I just sat here smiling! I am so glad that the person who took it returned it,it shows that the person has feelings and even tho they took it they had the courage to bring it back to help that child who is in pain. Thank you very much.
  • by Chris Location: Indiana on Sep 18, 2009 at 01:57 PM
    As a friend of the family, I want to thank WTAP for carrying this story. You would be amazed what little "miracles" can do for the faith of a hurting family. I have known few families with the character and the spirit of the Lewis family, and I know few kids who are such a pleasure to be around. I am so thankful this helmet was returned. Go Buckeyes!
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