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Christmas Cards For Dalton Dingus

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Circulating messages ask users to send Christmas cards to seriously ill nine year old Cystic Fibrosis sufferer Dalton Dingus of Kentucky, USA.

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The claims in the messages were true. Sadly, however, young Dalton lost his battle with his illness. He passed away in the 12th January 2013. A appeal was launched on Facebook in November 2012 that asked users to send Christmas Cards to Dalton. Later reports indicate that Dalton was hoping to set a record for the number of Christmas cards received. Dalton far exceeded his original target of 35,000.


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Last updated: December 17, 2012
First published: December 12, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Let's make a little boy's dream come true. His name is Dalton Dingus, age 9. He has stage 4 Cystic Fibrosis. & has very little time left to live. His only wish before he dies is to get in the World Record book for receiving the most Christmas cards. Dalton's address is:
HC 62 Box 1249 Salyersville KY 41465

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a request for a 9 year old boy who is dying of Cystic Fibrosis. His wish is to get in the Guinness Record Book for getting the most Christmas cards. His mother said he has 12,500 right now and needs to hit the 36,000 mark. Prayer warriors lets make this happen! Here is his address:

Dalton Dingus
HC62 Box 1249
Salyersville KY 41465

Update: January 14, 2013
I am sad to report that young Dalton passed away on the 12 January 2013. More information can be found in a January 13 Digital Journal article here.

Original Article
Messages are currently circulating via social media websites and email asking recipients to send Christmas cards to Dalton Dingus, a seriously ill nine year old boy.

The claims in the message were true. Nine year old Dalton Dingus of Salyersville KY is indeed battling the lung disease Cystic Fibrosis. in November 2012, an appeal was launched via Facebook asking users to send Christmas cards to Dalton. A message on the Cards For Dalton Facebook events page notes:

I'm sure several of you have seen my post about one brave 9 year old that has been living with Cystic Fibrosis and has become recently become increasingly sick.
He recently was allowed to come home, medical supplies in tote to be closer to loved one. The love and support during his trip home from University of Kentucky was amazing. From receiving a police escort home to the huge crowd awaiting his arrival. Dalton could not believe all of those people were there for him. We would like to take that one step further and ask everyone who would like to participate to send Dalton a Christmas card and be sure to include your city and state so he can see how far the support has come from. His family is planning on having their Christmas on Thanksgiving, so the earlier the cards the better. THANK YOU all in advance! Dalton will love receiving these cards.

Dalton quickly received thousands of cards as a result of the appeal. Later reports indicate that Dalton was hoping to break a record for the most Christmas cards received. According to the reports, the number to beat was 35,000 cards. More recent articles about the campaign indicate that Dalton has now received well over 40,000 and many more cards continue to arrive.

However, Dalton has not yet set a world record as claimed in some news reports. A December 14 ABC news article reports:

But prayers aren't enough for the sticklers at Guinness World Records. Despite some reports that Dingus had already broken the record for receiving the most Christmas cards, spokeswoman Jamie Panas said Guinness "currently does not monitor a category for this."

However, Guinness does have an old record on the books. As of 1992, the last official time Guinness allowed for a Christmas card category, Canadian Jarrod Booth had collected 205,120.

Guinness said it is in touch with the Dingus family and is in the process of determining if a new record category can be made.

Nevertheless, young Dalton is reportedly thrilled with the response that the card campaign has generated.


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Child Fighting Late Stage Cystic Fibrosis Breaks Record For Most Christmas Cards Received
Kentucky Boy's Wish: A New Christmas Card Record

Last updated: December 17, 2012
First published: December 12, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer




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