FOXBORO, Mass. — A five-year-old boy with terminal cancer had just one wish for his birthday — to receive a box of cards in the mail.
And his wish came true.
Danny Nickerson got more than 100,000 cards and gifts from people he’s never met all around the world.
He also got a special birthday present from the New England Patriots and local police. Danny got to spend time with the team’s owner, head coach and players.
“If we can provide another distraction, and provide a happy memory, something they can look back on and smile about, that’s just our goal,” Burlington police Sgt. Gerard McDonough told WCVB.
Danny is battling an inoperable brain tumor, according to his family’s blog. Only 10% of children with this form of cancer live longer than a year-and-a-half.
“He has an MRI coming up on Wednesday which is just – the week before, weeks before you’re just sick anticipating it and it’s just been a great distraction from all of it,” Danny’s mother Carley Nickerson told WCVB.
But Danny and those who love him aren’t giving up their fight.
Still since the battle has been all-encompassing, Danny had to drop out of kindergarten and his family says he can feel pretty lonely.
That’s why he asked for that box of birthday cards.
The request went gone viral and Danny spent the last week sorting through boxes and boxes of birthday cards from all over the world.
CNN contributed to this story.