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Mass. Boy Diagnosed with Cancer Wants Cards for His Birthday

(Photo Courtesy: facebook.com/dannyswarriors)

(Photo Courtesy: facebook.com/dannyswarriors)

FOXBORO, Mass. (WGGB) — A Mass. mother is hoping members of the public might help bring joy to her son – who is battling an inoperable form of cancer – on his birthday.

Danny Nickerson, 5, of Foxboro was diagnosed last October with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a highly aggressive, inoperable, and difficult to treat form of cancer that’s found near the base of the brain.

His mother, Carley Nickerson, tells ABC News that Danny has had 33 radiation treatments between November and December, and is now receiving chemotherapy every two weeks.

While Carley says that Danny is “doing great,” doctors have told her that less than 10 percent of children with DIPG live longer than 18 months after diagnosis.

Carley tells ABC News that Danny can recognize his name and gets excited when he receives mail. “When he saw his name on the package from magical fairies on Easter, he was so happy,” she says, but after the holiday passed, the mail slowed and Danny gets lonely sometimes.

This Friday – July 25 – is Danny’s birthday, and Carley hopes to give Danny a box full of birthday cards – and in turn, a box full of joy. She tells the Foxboro Reporter that “Danny’s birthday means so much to us this year. He loves going to the mailbox and finding mail with his name on it.”

If you would like to send a card to Danny, you can mail it to:

Daniel Nickerson
P.O. Box 212
Foxboro, MA 02035

The family has also set-up a Facebook page and website for those looking for more information on Danny’s journey.


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