Examples:   [Collected via e-mail, December 2009]
2415 Taylor Blair Rd,
West Jefferson, OH
Hey, everybody. I just got a call from my mom passing along some sad news. A boy from my hometown is losing his battle with cancer, and is beginning to take a turn for the worse. His name is Nate Elfrink, and he is
Origins: This Internet-circulated appeal for Christmas cards for a child stricken with cancer began its online life in December 2009.
Nathan Elfrink was a 7-year-old boy who lives in West Jefferson, Ohio. He was first diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was less than
According to December 2009 news accounts, Nathan's tumor had returned, and that Christmas was expected to be his last:
"The side effects have started," said Dode McVey, the child's mother. "The headaches, the vomiting, he's tired. That is the beginning."
"He was to start another experimental drug, but a MRI showed his tumor is very large and fast growing," said his mother Dode. "It is right up against his brain stem and is growing oblong. We have called children's hospice in because we don't know how much time he has."
When McVey logged on and posted the news on Nate's Web site, she left an address in case anyone wanted to send him a Christmas card.
"My goal was to put a smile on his face," McVey said. "It was never his wish. It was my wish."
Visitors to the Web site decided to start a campaign to send Nate one million Christmas cards.
The family asks that instead of sending cards, people consider making donations in Nate's name that could help other children. They suggest supporting
| Christmas for a Little Kid
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