You might as well grab your tissues now. We'll wait ... all set? This is a story about a little boy, a terrible cancer, and the kindness of literally thousands upon thousands of strangers. You might need a whole box of those tissues.
This is Brock Chadwick, a 7-year-old from Maine who is undergoing treatment for a rare type of brain cancer.
His parents brought him to the doctor thinking he had the flu. Things quickly spiraled into any parent’s worst nightmare and within days Brock was undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his brain. The cancer had spread, though, and he has been receiving radiation therapy.
Brock loves Halloween, and in an effort to cheer him up, his great-aunt came up with an idea.
Hoping to get some Halloween cards from far-flung friends, family, and acquaintances, she posted the request to Facebook. The response has been staggering. People from all over the world have taken the time to send Brock Halloween cards. And that’s not all.
"Brocktoberfest" spread across all social media outlets.
The request has been shared tens of thousands of times. The result has been an overwhelming outpouring of cards, support, love, gifts, and even a group of Harley-riding bikers parading by.
The family never expected this kind of response.
Moved by the magnitude of it, they’ve been sharing photos of the cards to their Team Brock Facebook page. It’s not just a few dozen cards. Not even a few hundred.
The family has received thousands and thousands of cards and more.
When people show up for a kid with cancer, they SHOW UP. It’s a testament to all the good we can do when we come together. The news lately is filled with disaster, divisiveness, and division. But the truth is, people were willing to rally to cheer up a little boy in Maine.
The kindness and generosity of strangers didn’t end there.