4-year-old boy with acute cancer receives hundreds of Halloween cards to cheer him up

Cheryl Kahla
Oct 31, 2018
04:55 P.M.

A 4-year-old boy living with Pre-B Cell Acute Lumpblastic Leukemia received a very special Halloween surprise this year.


Carter McPherson was diagnosed with cancer 20 months ago and his mother, Tiffany McPherson, wanted to cheer him up.

She asked her friends, family, and neighbors to help her and shared her wish online: She wanted everybody how saw the message to send postcards to Carter.

Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. A video clip of the sweet story can be seen below.

Source: YouTube/Good Morning America

Source: YouTube/Good Morning America


The story has since gone viral, and Carter has received thousands of postcards and presents from all around the country.

Tiffany says Amazon delivers at least ten boxes per day, and the cards keep streaming in too. To date, Carter has received everything from coloring books and stickers to stuffed toys and furniture.

Source: YouTube/Good Morning America

Source: YouTube/Good Morning America


She told People:

“I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness. I could not believe it! Not only is Carter smiling but so am I. He has received the most awesome gifts that will last a lifetime.”

Source: YouTube/Good Morning America

Source: YouTube/Good Morning America


She added that Carter loves opening his packages. He is learning to read and his face lights up when he sees his name printed on the label of an Amazon box.

“He is so excited to check the mail every day. When the doorbell rings, he runs to the door and gets so excited!”


Carter has another 18 months of chemotherapy ahead of him, and it takes its toll on his tiny body.

His mother is grateful to everyone who sent gifts and cards as it keeps Carter focused on something other than the cancer.

Another young boy who crawled into the hearts of citizens from all over the country was Brody Allen, who recently lost the battle against cancer.

Alison Montoya said on Twitter that the 2-year-old's visitation is underway at The First Church of Christ in Burlington. She added:

"Funeral will follow. It’s open to the public because his family says Brody touched so many lives."

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