A boy with leukaemia has acquired nearly four,000 postcards from
well-wishers world wide after his vacation was cancelled
attributable to his situation.
Josh Johns, eight, was devastated when his summer time plans have been placed on
maintain so he may have chemotherapy – so his mother and father issued a
plea on the web to assist him see the world by way of playing cards.
Anticipating only a handful, they have been amazed when playing cards began
flooding in and the entire has simply hit a whopping three,700.
Josh’s mum Nikki mentioned: “We’re so grateful to everybody who’s
nonetheless sending postcards, we can not categorical how a lot faster it
makes time go by when Josh and the remainder of us have issues to
sit up for.”
Since launching the enchantment in August, Josh, from Salford, has
captured the creativeness of individuals from as far afield as
Australia and Antarctica and 1000 postcards have arrived this
A employee at Disney Land in Florida has been accumulating
autographs of all of the Disney characters for Josh and despatched them
together with images of the sights on the park.
Different playing cards have come from locations as various as Bahrain,
Tanzania, Kentucky and Trinidad & Tobago.
The supply from Antarctica was introduced again by a person visiting
the nation on behalf of his daughter.
Josh has had playing cards from actors David Tennant and Robert Downey
Jr. and a household from Finland even despatched Josh some chocolate to
go together with his postcard.
Greater than 900 of the entire are from Europe, 424 from America,
249 from Australia, 148 from Africa and 129 from Asia.
Josh – who lives with Nikki, dad Jason and siblings Kristian,
17, Bethan, 15 and Freya, six – was identified with leukaemia
simply earlier than Easter 2014 and his summer time vacation was cancelled so
he may bear chemotherapy.
Docs warned he confronted greater than three years of therapy to
rid his physique of the most cancers and so he began a programme of
intense chemotherapy, which lasted for six months.
It has left him very weak, and struggling to stroll.
In a bid to cheer him up, Jason requested his brother, Matthew, to
ship Josh a postcard from his subsequent enterprise journey to America.
But when Matthew
posted on Facebook asking all his associates to ship a
postcard to Josh too, his plea went viral.
Inside per week of the marketing campaign being launched final yr,
postcards had arrived from Japan, Australia and Brazil.
Nonetheless, the household confronted a setback after they have been evicted from
their dwelling in Hixon, Stafford, final August after racking up
lease arrears whereas caring for Josh.
They paid the lease they owed, however the landlord had already
determined to promote the home
They’ve moved to Salford, the place Nikki grew up, and he or she says
they’re now nearer to her household and have loads of help.
Nikki has requested that individuals proceed to ship postcards when
they go on vacation this yr.
She mentioned: “Though we’ll get some days out and we must always
hopefully get a number of days in a caravan, the postcards have
change into an actual lifeline for Josh and the remainder of the household.”
Final month he spent two days as a keeper at Longleat Safari
Park, organised by the charity the Make A Want Basis.
Josh and Nikki obtained up near some lions throughout his day as a
keeper at Longleat Zoo.
IT employee Matthew mentioned: “We have been blown away by the response
– Josh has had greater than 50 postcards a day delivered.
“Fortunately, we now have a really understanding postman.
“Josh was so disillusioned after we needed to inform him that we
could not go away, so I requested my brother, Matthew to ship him a
“He requested all of his associates to ship one too, and earlier than we
knew what was taking place, we have been inundated.
“When the primary few arrived, we made slightly map, and Josh was
going to place a sticker on the map the place every card got here from.
“However two days later, there have been far too many stickers – we have
simply needed to put a sticker on every nation.
Josh is taught at dwelling by a tutor when he can not make it to
faculty, and although he has lately been affected by low
blood ranges which led him to bruise simply, he’s now making
good progress once more.
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