Here at Preston Automotive Group, we are heartbroken to hear that our dear friend Nathan Silpath of Galena passed away after an eight-year battle with cancer Tuesday, Jan. 9. Nathan, 17, was an inspiration to our local community and we were always glad to see him. Nathan was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma — a rare form of bone cancer — in 2010. Rather than let that news deter him from enjoying his life, he chose to use his diagnosis as fuel to help other people and spread awareness about what it truly means to be afflicted by cancer. He became a member of the American Cancer Society, participated in the Relay For Life and was the face of the Delmarva Broadcasting Company’s 2011 Help Our Kids Radiothon; an annual two-day fundraiser to benefit the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Through all of this, he underwent three relapses and tragically contracted lung cancer and leukemia. He suffered a final relapse of leukemia in December 2017.
Nathan’s good work helped many people from all walks of life and brought hope wherever he went. We at Preston Automotive Group wanted to do what we can to honor and celebrate his life. That is why we will be donating $100 to Nathan’s Story for every car that is sold at our dealerships from Thursday, Jan. 11 to Saturday, Jan. 13. This is an organization that the Silpath family started to document how Nathan handled his journey with cancer and to inspire others who are similarly affected by this terrible illness through fundraisers and more. According to its Facebook page, one mission of Nathan’s Story is to “see the good that can come from people coming together to fight this terrible disease.” We encourage all of our customers and everyone in the community to come out to one of our locations or visit the organization’s Facebook page, to find out what you can do to help this organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Slipath family and we thank Nathan for inspiring us all to live life to the fullest.