40,000 people are wishing one Louisiana boy a Merry Christmas in an “overwhelming” gesture.
Drake Quibodeaux is a young Louisiana boy who was diagnosed with the lethal Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) earlier this year. When a family friend learned of his severe diagnosis, they reached out to the public asking them flood Drake’s mailbox with Christmas cards. While Drake’s original goal was to receive 190 cards, he has actually received over 40,000 greetings plus one very special card from the President of the United States.
The card from President Donald Trump and the First Lady reads, “Dear Drake,
Melania and I recently learned of your diagnosis and send our prayers for your healing and recovery,” the President wrote. “The resolve and tenacity you have demonstrated during this difficult time is inspiring.”
The President continued, “We pray that God grants you strength as you courageously fight this battle. We hope you find comfort and peace in your faith and that you are uplifted by all those around you.”
President Trump ended the letter assuring Drake that he and his family were on his team. Trump wrote, “We are all on Team Drake!” and included his and his wife’s signature.
According to Faithwire, Drake and his family are overwhelmed with gratitude for all of the people who sent cards and gifts to the young boy. Reportedly, ever since it was announced that Drake’s inoperable tumor was rapidly progressing, his mailbox has continued to be flooded with notes and well wishes.
DIPG is a currently incurable, aggressive brain tumor that puts pressure on the nerves that control the essential bodily functions such as cognitive function and mobility, Defeat DIPG reports. The disease, which typically only affects children, can result in death by interfering with breathing and heartbeat.
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