Image source: Facebook/Danielle Quibodeaux

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Dec 21, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

Little Boy With Terminal Cancer Receives A Flood Of Christmas Cheer, Including A Letter From President Trump

Drake, a sweet 8-year-old in Louisiana, had his life flipped upside down when he was diagnosed with lethal Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an incredibly aggressive brain cancer that is untreatable with conventional therapy and surgery.

“Last week, we got the news that his tumor was growing," explained Danielle Quibodeaux, Drake's mom, to KPLC7. "At the start, they give you nine to 12 months. And on the 12th of this month, it’ll be nine months."

“That’s a tough question, he said.” Danielle explained when Drake was asked what he wanted for Christmas.g "We have got to go see LSU football and we had a deer hunt. He killed a deer, so, I don’t know what we could possibly do to top that.”

A friend of the family made a post on Facebook asking people to “flood his mailbox” with Christmas cards for Drake.

After the family friend's post went viral, Drake was inundated with Christmas cards and letters from all over America.

“It’s about letting him know the community loves him and they’re behind him,” Danielle said.

“We tape them to our front door,” Danielle said to KPLC7. "‘He just looks at them and says, 'They love me so much mama.'"

The outpouring of love and support from the world didn't end with Christmas cards, however. Police officers, soldiers, and even a Santa actor have made personal visits to see Drake and lift his spirits.

The Quibodeaux family even got a letter from President and First Lady Trump!

"Melania and I recently learned of your diagnosis and send our prayers for your healing and recovery,” Trump wrote. “The resolve and tenacity you have demonstrated during this difficult time is inspiring.”

“We pray that God grants you strength as you courageously fight this battle," he continued. "We hope you find comfort and peace in your faith and that you are uplifted by all those around you.”



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