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Batavia kids make birthday cards for cancer patient

Massachusetts 6-year-old diagnosed with brain tumor

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:15 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 8:44 a.m. CDT
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Kids in Batavia Park District's Kamp Kaleidoscope summer program recently made birthday cards for Danny Nickerson of Massachusetts, who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

BATAVIA – Danny Nickerson of Foxboro, Massachusetts, will be receiving thousands of birthday cards today from strangers wishing him a happy sixth birthday, including some from the Batavia Park District’s Kamp Kaleidoscope program.

Daniel was diagnosed in October with an inoperable brain tumor. Traci Andracki, a director with the Kamp Kaleidoscope program, heard about his story through the show “Windy City Live.”

“All he wants for his birthday is cards, so they posted an address on Facebook that people can mail cards to,” she wrote in an email.

Each Kamp Kaleidoscope participant made a card, and then the campers had a photo taken with their finished cards. Danny will have plenty of birthday cards to open today. According to news reports, he has received more than 8,000 envelopes and four pallets of toys.

A Facebook page called Danny’s Warriors has more than 30,000 likes. In addition, the family’s GoFundMe page has raised more than $27,000 to help with expenses. Danny was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma in October. DIPG affects primarily children and grows in a way that makes surgical removal impossible, according to the website www.dipgregistry.org.

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