GRAHAM, Washington -- Most little boys dream big for their birthdays. They hope for a new bike, a remote control car or a video game system.
But one Washington State boy has a much simpler wish for his upcoming 9th birthday.
Bubby Everson just wants a little mail.
“He loves mail,” says Bubby’s mom Brandi McNerney-Everson. “Even if it`s junk mail we give it to him and we say here Bubby here’s your mail.”
A simple card can make his day.
And if there happens to be a sticker inside?
“If there are stickers in it he loves,” says Bubby’s dad Thomas Everson. “He’ll play with the stickers. He’ll put stickers all over the place.”
Bubby’s parents let him put those stickers anywhere he wants, on the walls, on the floors on the windows because it is a reminder for them that each day he can do it is another day of life for their son.
Bubby has Cytomegalovirus or CMV.
Usually it`s harmless, but in some cases it can be devastating.
In Bubby’s case doctors say it will be fatal, it is only a matter of time.
Bubby uses cochlear implant to hear and wears casts on both feet to help with the scoliosis, when he`s not in his wheelchair.
But that’s just where his troubles begin.
“The short list, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, deafness, scoliosis,” says Thomas.
On a bad day, Bubby can have as many as 10 seizures and uses a homemade safe space routinely.
“It`s very tough, I love him to death and I wouldn`t change him but knowing that could lose him at any time that`s hard,” says Brandi.
Doctors can`t give his parents an exact date, but they know he will die well before his time.
And that brings us back to Bubby’s upcoming birthday. He turns 9 on February 11th and his parents are hoping they’ll have mail they can give him on that special day.
Bubby’s parents know they must treat every birthday as if it will be the last they get to celebrate with their son.
“He`s happy, and loving and he`s caring and he`s a fighter,” says Brandi. “I don`t think he`d be here if he wasn`t a fighter.”
Still Brandi and Thomas don’t want to leave anything to chance on this birthday. That’s why they have begun asking everyone they meet if they would consider sending Bubby some mail for his special day.
They’ve set up a special post office box in their small town of Graham to collect what they receive so that on the big day they might be able to shower their son in cards and stickers.
“We`re blessed,” says Brandi. “I`m so glad we have the child that we have….have the life that we have, because he`s amazing.”
When it’s all said and done, Bubby is really just an 8-year-old boy who is excited about his birthday.
EDITOR’S NOTE: If you would like to send a mail, cards, or stickers to Bubby for his birthday please consider sending them to the following address:
PO BOX 1142
Graham, Washington 98338
The family is also trying to raise money for a special sensory room for Bubby, for more information on that visit their online fundraising website.