(iWIDK By Allie Beauregard) – A sick child received enough holiday cheer to set a new world record.
Despite being told his days were numbered back in October due to cystic fibrosis, 9-year-old Dalton Dingus of Salyersville, Kentucky is feeling his health – and hope – restored this holiday season after receiving over half a million cards from around the world wishing him well – a number grossly surpassing the Guinness World Record for individual cards received.
Since his illness took critical hold only months ago, Dalton has been living on 18 medications a day and a constant respirator.
His neighbors and family, well aware of his condition, sent the first round of Christmas cards, quickly filling up the Dingus family mantel.
That’s when mom Jessica decided to reach out on Facebook, posting a request to those beyond their immediate community to send Christmas wishes to her dying son.
From there, the mail inflow took off; Dalton has recieved over 500,000 letters and cards from as far as Germany, some delivered by full mail trucks, some delivered by Miss Kentucky and a crew of State Troopers.
Daily Mail reported that the last time the record was set was in 1992 with a total of 205,120 cards received - but this was the last year Guinness followed such a category.
Dalton hopes the attention he has received will bring recognition to the cards he has received, and Guinness will re-enter the category.
Regardless, Jessica Dingus said in terms of her son’s health, “I think just knowing people really do care for him, that the cards let him know people love him, it has all helped.”