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Terminally Ill 8-Year-Old Facing Last Christmas Receives Unbelievable Surprise

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When a child is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it can seem impossible to find a ray of light or a source of joy in life. For the Quibodeaux family of Louisiana, that’s certainly not the case as people from all over the nation, including friends from the White House, have blessed them with prayers and gifts for what could be their son Drake’s last Christmas.

Drake, just 8 years old, was diagnosed with lethal Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an incredibly aggressive brain cancer that doesn’t respond to conventional therapies and is dangerous to treat with surgery.

“Last week, we got the news that his tumor was growing,” explained Danielle Quibodeaux, Drake’s mom, to KPLC7. “At the start, they give you nine to 12 months. And on the 12th of this month, it’ll be nine months.”

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“What do you want to do for Christmas?” Danielle asked her ailing son. “Tough,” Drake said quietly. “It’s tough.”
“That’s a tough question, he said,” Danielle explained. “We have got to go see LSU football and we had a deer hunt. He killed a deer, so, I don’t know what we could possibly do to top that.”

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So, for what could be the Quibodeaux family’s last Christmas with Drake, a friend of the family made a post on Facebook asking people to “flood his mailbox” with Christmas cards for the little guy.

After the family friend’s post went viral, Drake was inundated with Christmas cards and letters from all over America.

Drake smiles more today with smile the Tiger then he has all week. He was honored at Leblanc Basketball games and it was so amazing to see all the kids cheering him on. Also included pics of mail today…

Posted by Danielle Quibodeaux on Monday, 17 December 2018

“It’s about letting him know the community loves him and they’re behind him,” Danielle said, tearfully.

“We tape them to our front door,” Danielle said to KPLC7. “‘He just looks at them and says, ‘They love me so much mama.'”

The outpouring of love and support from the world didn’t end with Christmas cards, however. Police officers, soldiers, and even a Santa actor have made personal visits to see Drake and lift his spirits.

Drake has had to take naps the last few days as he’s been tired….. he is still having a wonderful Christmas and…

Posted by Danielle Quibodeaux on Thursday, 20 December 2018

The Quibodeaux family got the greatest surprise of all when they received a letter with the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue return address. Even President and First Lady Trump offered their support and prayers to the sweet little boy.

Wow!!!!#teamdrake

Posted by Danielle Quibodeaux on Thursday, 20 December 2018

“Melania and I recently learned of your diagnosis and send our prayers for your healing and recovery,” the President wrote. “The resolve and tenacity you have demonstrated during this difficult time is inspiring.”

“We pray that God grants you strength as you courageously fight this battle,” he continued. We hope you find comfort and peace in your faith and that you are uplifted by all those around you.”

Please continue to pray for Drake and his family as they endure this trying season! If you feel moved to send Drake a letter or a card, you can send one to:

Drake Quibodeaux
2412 Hwy 388
Vinton, LA 70668

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Total Strangers Gather to Celebrate Life of Korean War Vet on Memorial Day Weekend

America has not forgotten those who sacrificed it all for our freedom.

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Amid the barbecues and Budweisers, it can be difficult to temper our Memorial Day celebrations with the true reason for the remembrance. Those of us with a three day weekend are likely gassing up the boat, gathering our grill supplies, and lathering on the sunscreen in anticipation of Memorial Day – a holiday that is far too often relegated to the realm of “hey it’s summer”-style shenanigans. We mustn’t ever forget why we have the day off, however. Memorial Day is truly a day of solemn reflection on those we’ve lost in the line of American military duty – a fact that is all too often overshadowed by these celebrations. But not for the fine people of Ohio, who showed the world what compassion is all about this weekend. A public call for mourners to attend the Ohio funeral of an unaccompanied 90-year-old Korean War veteran Saturday resulted in an overwhelming response. “It being Memorial Day weekend it was the right thing to do to come up and honor his life,” Suzanne Koehne told Fox 19. She attended the funeral in Cincinnati after driving nearly 100 miles to get there from Louisville, Kentucky. The turnout was incredible. An estimated 400 strangers, like Koehne, showed up to pay final respects to Army veteran Hezekiah Perkins whose only family, a daughter, couldn’t make it because of poor health, Fox 19 and other media reported. The gesture is just another reminder of the inherent greatness of the American public, and their reverence for those who sacrificed it all for our freedoms.

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