Sunday, February 8, 2015

In 5/Under 5: Terminally Ill Boy Only Wants Mail for his 9th Birthday

I'm never truly sure of how many people I am reaching through this website or how many people are doing the projects suggested here-- but boy does it feel great when people reach out to me with suggestions for ITLT projects!! Always feel free to email us with project ideas OR guest blog yourself! With this deadline quickly approaching, I put all the information you need below, but a huge thanks to Trina and Rhianna for the heads up about this great In 5/Under 5 challenge! (ie. in five minutes, under five dollars)

Meet Bubby Everson. He turns nine on February 11th and all he's asked for his birthday is mail. His parents said that even junk makes him smile; so, can you imagine how personalized, hand-made cards would make him feel? He loves legos and video games, but he really loves stickers! Bubby's parents let him put his stickers anywhere he wants because they know that any day could be his last.

Bubby contracted the Cytomegalovirus (CMV) at birth. It's usually a harmless virus, but rarely, like in Bubby's case, it is fatal. Bubby also is diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, deafness and scoliosis. He has cochlear implants to hear and wears casts on both feet to help with the scoliosis when he's not in his wheelchair. Some days, Bubby can have up to 10 seizures a day and he needs to use a homemade safe space. Definitely check out the video below to get to know him better.

Bubby's parents go out of their way to make every birthday as special and memorable as possible, because doctors know that he doesn't have much time left. The Eversons have started asking everyone they meet if they would consider sending their little boy mail for his birthday, and they've set up a post office box in their small town of Graham, Washington. Now, the story has gone viral and we are on board!

If you would like to send mail, cards, or stickers to Bubby for his birthday, you can send it here:

Bubby Everson
P.O. Box 1142
Graham, WA 98338

Some of our #TeamITLT has already sent off their letters to little Bubby! Trina, who works as a music editor and ambassador at High Voltage Magazine and is literally an "expert fan" according to the Badass Bands Blog, sent Bubby an incredible package of stickers from some of the coolest bands in the L.A. music scene. (Recognize The Janks? They hosted our awesome sock drive back in November!)

Send us a photo of your letters or stickers or share with us on Instagram:
@itsthelittlethingsdotme #TeamITLT