Ailing Boy’s Love of Mail Swamps Post Office

Bubby Everson and his mother look over the mail for Bubby at the Graham, WA, Post Office.

Bubby Everson and his mother look over the mail for Bubby at the Graham, WA, Post Office.

It’s never easy to accept the diagnosis of a terminal illness of a loved one, particularly when a child is involved. For one young boy in Graham, WA, the severe effects of his illness are partially mitigated by the outpouring of love and support from strangers across the world through a familiar medium.

Bubby Everson contracted the Cytomegalovirus at birth. The virus has caused many severe forms of illness for Bubby, and his doctors have said it’s only a matter of time before the virus takes its deadly toll. While Bubby struggles with the effects of his illness on a daily basis, he continues to receive a daily source of joy from the mail. When his parents turned to social media to ask people to send mail to Bubby for his ninth birthday (Feb. 11), the response was overwhelming

The family rented a Post Office Box at their hometown Post Office in Graham, WA, about 40 miles southeast of Seattle to handle the increased volume. Cards, letters and packages have poured in from across the United States and around the world, accounting for as much as 70 percent of the office’s total daily mail volume.

Bubby has been delighted with the outpouring of support and will enjoy opening his special birthday messages for some time to come.

The back of the family vehicle full of mail for Bubby Everson.

The back of the family vehicle full of mail for Bubby Everson.

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