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Terminally Ill Boy Just Wants Mail for His Birthday

The Short of It

What do most 9-year-old boys want for their birthday? They want a new bike, the latest Lego set or maybe a PlayStation. Not Bubby Everson. This terminally ill little boy wants something much simpler.

The Lowdown

Bubby's mom, Brandi McNerney-Everson, says that Bubby loves to receive mail, all kinds of it. She says that even junk mail makes him smile. A card can make his day, and one with stickers brings pure joy.

Bubby is terminally ill. He contracted the Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, at birth. It's usually a harmless virus, but rarely, like in Bubby's case, it is fatal. So Bubby's parents let him put his stickers anywhere he wants because they know that any day could be his last.

Bubby also is diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, deafness and scoliosis. He has cochlear implants to hear and wears casts on both feet to help with the scoliosis when he's not in his wheelchair. Some days, Bubby can have up to 10 seizures a day and he needs to use a homemade safe space.

Doctors have not given the Eversons an estimate of how long they think Bubby's life will be, but they do know that he will die way before his time. That's why Bubby's parents go out of their way to make every birthday as special and memorable as possible.

The Upshot

On Feb. 11, Bubby is turning 9 years old, and his parents want to give him a very special gift. The Eversons have started asking everyone they meet if they would consider sending their little boy mail for his birthday, and they've set up a post office box in their small town of Graham, Wash.

If you would like to send mail, cards or stickers to Bubby for his birthday, you can send it here:

Bubby Everson, P.O. Box 1142, Graham, WA 98338

The Eversons are also trying to raise money for a special sensory room for Bubby.

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