Boy with rare condition gets 10,000 Christmas cards and counting

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 24, 2015) -- This Christmas is extra-special for a seven-year-old boy whose story asking for cards from strangers has gone viral.

FOX59 first met Jack Weaver in early December, when friends had just started spreading the word through Facebook asking for Christmas cards to be sent to him.

Weaver, who was born with the rare genetic condition Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, has suffered from medical issues his entire life. Christmas is his favorite holiday and his parents Shannon and Brian wanted to cheer him up.

"This has been a hard year for Jack and it’s such a great way to lift his spirits right now," Shannon Weaver said.

The response has been over-whelming. This week, the Weavers estimated that Jack had received over 10,000 cards and more are still being sorted at the Post Office.

"(We're getting) well over a thousand a day," Weaver said.

Jack was also treated to a special event at Downtown Comics, where his favorite character Spiderman helped him open cards and presents.

"It was probably the best day he’s had in years," Weaver said.

There are so many cards that the Weavers say they can't keep up.

"We’ll appreciate them even if it is February and we’re still opening them," Shannon Weaver said.

Jack also got a signed jersey from the Covenant girls' basketball team, a signed ball from the Herron High School team, a personalized drawing from a Disney animator, dozens of pieces of artwork and hand-drawn cards, as well as many other tokens with a personal touch.

"We cannot say how overwhelming this is and how much we appreciate it," Weaver said.

Cards have arrived from all 50 states and other countries, including Ireland, South Korea and Australia.

Some people have also sent gifts and money, which the Weavers are donating to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital and other non-profit groups.

"We just gave the American Legion $650 worth of cash and gift cards that have been donated to us. We just paid it forward to help pay the bills for a couple of families," Shannon Weaver said.

The family said they are grateful to every person who has written to Jack.

"Thanks for taking the time out to write our son a card, it means the world to us," Brian Weaver said.

They're also hoping Jack's lovable spirit and infectious attitude will touch more people and show the world all that he and other children with disabilities have to give.

"He’s such a good ambassador for children with rare diseases. ... I hope that it doesn’t just end with Christmas cards for one kid. I hope people go forward and volunteer with groups that help disabled people in our community, offer them employment, (and) find ways to help kids like Jack when they grow up," Shannon Weaver said.

If you would still like to send Jack a card, you can mail it to the following address:

Cards for Jack

1389 W 86th St

#151

Indianapolis, IN 46260