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Cards and Pennies for Alyssa Bruno

Summary:
Email forward requests recipients to send a birthday card with a penny enclosed to Alyssa Bruno, a child who is seriously ill with a brain stem tumor.

Status:
Was True but is now outdated

Example:(Submitted, July 2006)
Subject: Birthday cards for Alyssa Bruno

Hi Friends, Family, Colleagues and Random People who got on my email list!

As many of you are aware, this past school year one of my kindergartners, Alyssa Bruno, was diagnosed with diffuse pontine glioma (stem cell brain tumor). She had a successful year of kindergarten, but took a dramatic turn for the worse at the end of the school year. As of now she has lost all movement in her left side and can't walk or talk. She has been on five different chemotherapy treatments and continues to be a little trooper! Everyone is praying that this upcoming week's dose of chemo will show some signs of improvement.

On August 2nd Alyssa will be celebrating her 6th birthday. I've been thinking for a long time about what to get for her, but she is very limited with what she can do right now. One thing Alyssa LOVES is to get mail. So I thought I'd email everyone on my list and ask for you all to please consider sending Alyssa a birthday card with a penny enclosed for good luck!. I am going to have Alyssa collect them in a jar as a reminder of all the people who are out there praying for her. How neat would that be for Alyssa to receive cards from all over the country and perhaps the world! I'd love it if you all could also forward this message to everyone on your list. (I'm not a fan of chain letters, but this would really make Alyssa's day and brighten her spirits!)

I know how busy everyone is these days, but sending a card to this little girl would give her a little something to look forward to each day when she gets the mail.

I've attached a few pictures so that you can put a face with the name! She's a cutie! Please, forward this along to anyone who you think might send a card.

Thank you so much,
Marcy Mooney - Alyssa's teacher

Address to send cards (removed):

Thank you so much,
Marcy Mooney

PLEASE NOTE
Alyssa Bruno passed away from her illness on 24th August 2006

This is Alyssa on the first day of Kindergarten
Alyssa on the first day of Kindergarten

This is Alyssa in June
Alyssa in June



Commentary:
Update: I am very sad to report that Alyssa Bruno died as a result of her illness on 24th August 2006.

Around a month prior to her passing, an email forward began circulating that requested recipients to send a birthday card with a penny enclosed to Alyssa Bruno, who was already seriously ill. The information in the message was true. In February 2005, young Alyssa was diagnosed with diffuse pontine glioma, a kind of tumor located in the brain stem. Alyssa's tumor was inoperable.

In July 2006, the child's kindergarten teacher sent out an email request for cards and a penny to help make Alyssa's 6th birthday on August 2nd a more special event. According to a July 25th article in the Finger Lakes Times:
Alyssa's kindergarten teacher, Marcy Mooney of Sherman Elementary in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District, wanted to do something special that she could enjoy despite her limitations. So, she sent an e-mail to everyone in her address book and asked them to send Alyssa a birthday card and a penny for "good luck." She also asked the recipients to forward the message to all their e-mail contacts.

Alyssa received over 60,000 cards and gifts from all over the world.

References:
Area child whose plight touched thousands dies
Diffuse Pontine Gliomas
Finger Lakes Times: Pennies and prayers
13WHAM-TV: Alyssa's Very Special Birthday
A lot of pennies for good luck

Last updated: 28th August 2006
First published: 1st August 2006

Write-up by Brett M.Christensen