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3-Year-Old Boy Receives Hundreds Of Sweet Birthday Cards In The Mail During Battle With Leukemia

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

A little boy just had a magical third birthday despite battling leukemia.

Freddie, a little boy who has Down syndrome, was diagnosed with leukemia in January.

He has completed four rounds of chemotherapy since then, and he has a long road ahead of him. His treatment is expected to last at least two more years, Inside Edition reports.

But Freddie just turned 3 years old, and his mom, Joanne Taylor, wanted to make it special. So she requested birthday cards earlier in the month.

The little survivor received hundreds of birthday cards in the mail in time for the big day. He has been so inundated with mail that Joanne had to set up a special mailing address just for well-wishers: Pack & Mail, Attn: Team Freddie, 1608 Camp Road, Charleston, South Carolina, 29412.

“Freddie is loving all these presents and cards!!” Joanne wrote on his Facebook page, Team Freddie.

Freddie loves reading with his mom, including the paper, his lab work, and all of those birthday cards.

“So we open the cards and read them together,” she explained to WCSC-TV.

Even better, Freddie got to go home for a few days for his birthday before starting his fifth round of chemo. It was his first time sleeping in his own bed in weeks.

“It feels good to be home,” Joanne said.

Plus, Freddie got a fire truck escort to take him home.

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