Danny Nickerson gets a special Toys R Us shopping trip in a bid to help him with this terminal condition. Courtesy: Fox News 25
IN a world dominated by atrocious acts against mankind, it is reassuring to know there are still many wonderful people who go out of their way to give hope and a little cheer to those less fortunate.
Danny Nickerson was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, on October 24 last year — four days after he bumped his head in the playground.
His mum, Carley, said through his Facebook page, Danny's Warriors, that what he really wanted for his sixth birthday was mail.
"He just wanted news, he loves, loves getting mail, seeing things with his name on it," said his aunt Gail Chamberlin, Fox 4 reported.
His birthday went viral and on his sixth birthday last Friday he did receive mail — nearly 100,000 birthday cards and 8,000 parcels were ready for collection at his local post office in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts.
"I think that the hardest thing is touching each piece of mail as we're putting it in boxes and crates and knowing that someone did that," Danny's grandfather George Murphy said.
Happiest boy in the world ... Danny Nickerson, who has an inoperable brain tumour, received 100,000 birthday cards and 8,000 parcels from people from all the world. Picture: Facebook /Danny's Warriors Source: Facebook
He received birthday cards of all sizes from all over the world and it took multiple trips by his dad, Daniel Jameson, over several hours to get them home..
"With all the sadness that we do have in our lives right now it's amazing to see him so happy and so energetic," Carley said as Danny climbed over packages at the post office.
Beforehand his family went to Legoland and then Danny was invited to celebrate his big day with Robert Kraft, the owner of the NFL team New England Patriots. He presented Danny with a Patriots jersey with "Danny" and the number 6 on the back of the jersey.
Danny was then invited into the team practice session and huddled alongside star player Tom Brady and the rest of the team, who sang 'happy birthday" to Danny.
The cards are giving Danny something to do each day and his family are eternally grateful.
"He's running around like an average 6-year-old would do, playing," said his aunt.
Danny though has had 33 radiation treatments and has chemotherapy every two weeks.
He is having another MRI scan in the morning.
"We are all praying it's stable still," said his aunt. "No one really has lived past a year, we know we are on month eight. But we don't really talk about it and we hope there is going to be a cure."
As for Danny, "He knows he has a 'boo boo' and that's really it," she said.
"He knows he has a 'boo boo' and that's really it" Danny Nickerson, six, has an inoperable brain tumour. Picture: Facebook / Danny's Warriors Source: Facebook