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Spartanburg boy battling rare medical issues asking for Christmas cards from community

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Brayden with cards he received from the community. (Dec. 3, 2016/FOX Carolina) Brayden with cards he received from the community. (Dec. 3, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Brayden with cards he received from the community. (Dec. 1, 2016/FOX Carolina) Brayden with cards he received from the community. (Dec. 1, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Brayden with family. FOX Carolina/Nov. 29, 2016 Brayden with family. FOX Carolina/Nov. 29, 2016
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Brayden McCormick is a very brave 6 year old.  He has undergone more than 80 surgeries, as he battles a host of medical issues, including a rare auto immune disease called HLH and MAS.       

Brayden has been battling the issues since he was born, but this year, his family is hoping the community can brighten his holiday, with a simple act of kindness.

Nina Hopps is Brayden’s mother, and said, he always keeps a good attitude about his medical issues.  “He goes through so much, and goes through it with a smile on his face.”

The Christmas season is always a special time for him, between a visit with Santa, and making up his Christmas list.  This year he told us he wants a trumpet, a trombone and a fiddle. 

And his mom said he especially loves getting Christmas cards!  “This kid loves mail.  He loves the post office, he loves the mail carrier and he loves cards.  To get mail, this kid’s face just lights up.” 

His family is hoping this season, the entire community can help brighten up Brayden’s day, with a simple act of kindness.  Their hope, is to get Christmas cards into Brayden’s hands in the days and weeks leading up to the holiday, to let him know, he is not alone, no matter what kind of challenge he might face.

The family is asking that the cards for Brayden be sent to:

Brayden McCormick

113 Cornell Street

Spartanburg SC, 29306

Brayden received about 25 cards on Dec 2. His mother said it took them over an hour to read each one.

On Dec 6, Brayden's mother said her son had received between 400 to 500 cards and packages.

"What a great time spent together! Getting to read so many well wishes and prayers from so many is so over whelming. I love that he is touching people's hearts."

His family has also set up a GoFundMe page for his ongoing medical expenses.  You can find the link here.

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