|MIXTURE OF TRUE, FALSE, AND OUTDATED INFORMATION:|
|TRUE: Jacob Hadcock, a four-year-old New York boy, has leukemia.|
|FALSE: Jacob is dying and will probably not live to see another Christmas after 2009.|
|OUTDATED: Well-wishers should send Christmas cards to Jacob.|
Examples:   [Collected via e-mail, December 2009]
Jacob is a 5 year old boy terminally ill with cancer. The one thing he wanted was to get LOTS of Christmas cards. Pray for strength and healing. Please send cards to:
127 North Street
Mexico, New York 13114
Origins: This Internet-circulated appeal for Christmas cards for a child stricken with cancer began its online life in December 2009.
Jacob Hadcock is a real 4-year-old boy who lives in Mexico, a small town in
Money raised will help cover medical and travel expenses.
Jacob recently rode the Polar Express and confided in Santa that his one wish for Christmas is to receive a lot of Christmas cards.
"Jacob does have leukemia," said his mother, Amie Hadcock.
"What bothers me is the false information," said Jacob's father, Ron Hadcock. "We don't want anyone sending cards on false pretenses."
The loads of
And even though Jacob loves opening and looking at all his cards, stopping them now will not hurt his feelings, mom says. "We have enough cards put away that we can give him some every day to open," she said. There are enough cards to last through Christmas.
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