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Christmas Cards For Noah Biorkman

Summary:
Message requests Christmas cards for 5 year Noah Biorkman who was battling Neuroblastoma cancer (Full commentary below).

Status:
True, but outdated. Sadly, Noah passed away on November 23rd 2009.

Example:(Submitted, November 2009)
Subject: Cards for Noah Biorkman

Diana Harrison Biorkman has a 5-yr old son in his last stages of a 2 1/2 year battle with Neuroblastoma cancer. They are celebrating Christmas next weekend and Noah loves Christmas cards.

Please take a minute to send a card.


Commentary:
This message, which circulated via email as well as blogs, online forums and social networking websites, asked recipients to send early Christmas cards to 5 year old Noah Biorkman, who was in the last stages of a battle with cancer. The card request was genuine. However, Noah has now passed away and it is no longer appropriate to send Christmas cards.

Noah, of South Lyon, in the American state of Michigan, was diagnosed with cancer in February 2007. He had neuroblastoma, a nervous system cancer that mostly affects children. Noah went into remission for a time, but relapsed in September 2008. Noah was not expected to make it to Christmas Day. Sadly, this diagnosis proved to be all to accurate as Noah passed away on November 23rd 2009. Before his death, Noah received early Christmas gifts from family and members of their local community along with a visit from Santa. He also received more than one million Christmas cards and many gifts after the above request began circulating.

In lieu of cards and flowers, the family is now requesting that donations be made in Noah's name to one of the organizations listed below:

Department of Pediatrics and Oncology University of Michigan
1500 East Medical Center Drive
D4202MPB
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5718
Checks payable to: The University of Michigan -- Noah's Pediatric Oncology Fund

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan
230 Huron View Blvd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
Checks payable to: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan -- Memo: Noah Biorkman

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References:
Santa Visits Boy, 5, With Cancer
Community Helps Bring Early Christmas For South Lyon Boy
Thousands send early Christmas cards to dying 5-year-old Noah Biorkman
South Lyon Boy with Terminal Cancer Dies

Last updated: 24th November 2009
First published: 7th November 2009

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen

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