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5-year-old with terminal cancer just wants mail. Let’s overflow his P.O. box…

Jul 21, 2014 By Abraham

Danny Nickerson is 5 years old, but not for long. He’s very excited to become a big 6-year-old this Friday. As happy as this birthday will be, however, it will be hard, too.

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Danny has a virtually unbeatable cancer. Doctors have told his family that less than 10 percent of kids diagnosed with his type live longer than 18 months.

So the upcoming celebration will be an emotional day filled with far more highs and lows than a typical 6-year-old’s birthday. And what is he hoping to get for this extraordinary birthday?


He loves getting mail.

His mom says,

He can recognize his name now. When he saw his name on the package from magical fairies on Easter, he was so happy.

Since Easter, though, packages have slowed down. But now, for his birthday, it’s time to make sure he gets all the cards he could possibly want to read.

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You can send birthday cards to Danny at P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA, 02035. Tell your friends to send one, too. As of Saturday, he’d received about 40 cards. There’s no reason that number shouldn’t be increased a hundred times over.

And in case you want some direction, his mom says he loves Lego and Super Mario.


  1. Kixy25 says:

    I’ll be sending something tomorrow! I’ve spread the word among my friends, too, hopefully they’ll join!

  2. Bill Miller says:

    This and virtually all “send a sick kid a card” is a variation on a 20-year-old urban myth and has been thoroughly debunked by snopes. Make-a-Wish even has a page dedicated to this phenomenon.

  3. Jenna Ilves says:

    We share the same date of birth, I will turn 21 as he turns 6. I am crying as I am writing is and it is hard to see the keyboard – I feel very privileged to have been able to live so many happy and fulfilling years, and there is another feeling that I really have no words to describe. Is it because of the unfairness (if there was any fairness to begin with) of life that this little guy will (maybe) never see his 21st? My little brother also went through cancer around this age, he will be 18 soon.

    I wish and pray all the strength and light for Danny and his family. I hope he is going to have the best birthday a little boy can imagine. Bless <3

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