Claim: Noah Biorkman, a 5-year-old boy battling cancer, wants to receive Christmas cards.
Example:   [Collected via e-mail, October 2009]
Diana Harrison Biorkman has a 5-yr old son in his last stages of a 2 1/2 year battle with Neuroblastoma cancer. They are celebrating Christmas next weekend and Noah loves Christmas cards.
Please take a minute to send a card to:
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon MI 48178
Origins:Noah Biorkman was a 5-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma in February 2007. Although he went into remission in August 2007, his family said, in September 2008 Noah "relapsed with lesions in his right arm and right leg," and "after going through six different trials, the cancer continues to spread."
As radio station WKSR in Pulaski, Tennessee, notes on its web site, one of its on-air personalities is an acquaintance of Noah Biorkman's mother and verified the above-quoted appeal for Christmas cards for her son:
Christmas will come early for a five year old Michigan boy this year. Noah Biorkman is battling cancer and is not expected to live much longer.
Noah's mother and WKSR morning personality Ed Carter went to school together years ago. They keep in touch by email. She mentioned the early Christmas for her son in an email to Ed.
Mrs. Biorkman is asking for Christmas cards for her son. If you would like to take time to send a card or letter, send it to:
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon Michigan, 48178.
The family also provided an alternate address for cards and letters:
c/o Scott Biorkman
3480 Petoskey Way
Milford, MI 48380
Updates about Noah were added to his section of the CarePages web site, on which an appeal was posted on 13 November 2009 asking people to please stop sending cards:
Wow! The outpouring of love and concern for Noah is just amazing! Scott and I never in a million years thought that so many people would want to send Christmas cards to Noah. However, please note: We did already celebrate Christmas LAST Sunday — November 8th.
PLEASE STOP SENDING CARDS AND GIFTS!!!!
Noah is very ill. He is not getting out of bed and it's time for Scott, our families, and I to concentrate on our son. His time is very short and he needs us.
Scott and I would like to say thank you so much for the support and continued show of love. However, we are asking that everyone please stop sending cards and gifts.
Also, everyone please post the stop order on Facebook and any other websites or organizations that you belong to. We need the peace right now.
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