5 Most memorable stories of 2016 - Tom Haynes

It started as a simple wish.

Chase Howard is a 10-year-old boy with a rare and fatal form of Muscular Dystrophy. Instead of a party or presents, all Chase wanted was to receive birthday cards in the mail. FOX 5 picked up his story, and it quickly went viral.

“Completely out of character [from] what you’d expect from a child who wants things, all this child wanted was birthday cards," remarked Tom.

The response was overwhelming, as many responded to help fulfill Chase's birthday wish.

Tom reflected on the phenomenon:

[The] story went viral because of so many things. It appealed to the good nature of our community, people who wanted to reach out and express their well wishes to this child. You had hundreds of thousands of people responding to this boy. People from different countries, members of the military, because he talked about he himself wanted to be a soldier one day."

It only took a few days after we broke the story before the news reached Iraq.

Although Chase was happily being flooded with cards from all over the world, the community didn't think that was enough.

The Georgia Department of Defense decided to give him one more birthday gift: they made him soldier for the day.

The entire community was touched and humbled by the story of Chase Howard.

"This started as a simple wish, and it turned into something so much bigger thanks to a community that cared," noted Tom.

 

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