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.
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.
“He had 33 radiations from November through December last year,” Nickerson said. “We are now getting chemotherapy every two weeks.”
Doctors tell Nickerson that less than 10 percent of the children diagnosed with this type of cancer live longer than 18 months.
“I don’t really believe in that. He is doing great,” Nickerson said. “Every day is a blessing for us.”
So far, Danny has received about 40 letters.
You can send birthday cards to Danny at P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA, 02035, USA.
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.