GRAHAM, Wash. - Birthdays are a big deal, especially for the young and the young at heart.
When you think of a kid dreaming big, they may wish for a new bike or an expensive video game console.
However, one Washington boy has a much simpler, and bigger, wish for his ninth birthday.
Bubby Everson just wants a little mail.
“He loves mail,” Brandi McNerney-Everson told Seattle television station Q13 FOX News. “Even if it's junk mail, we give it to him and we say, 'Here Bubby, here’s your mail.”
A simple card can make his day and stickers make it even brighter.
“If there are stickers in it, he loves it,” says Thomas Everson, Bubby's father. “He’ll play with the stickers. He’ll put stickers all over the place.”
Bubby's parents let him put those stickers anywhere he wants.
Walking through the house, you may find them on the walls, on the floors and even on the windows.
His parents say they don't mind the mess because it is a reminder that each day with their son is a blessing.
Bubby contracted a virus at birth, Cytomegalovirus or CMV.
In most cases, it is harmless.
In very rare cases, it can be devastating.
Doctors told Bubby's parents that it would cost him his life, it was only a matter of time.
Bubby uses cochlear implants to hear and when he's not in his wheelchair, he has to wear casts on both feet to help with scoliosis.
“The short list: autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, deafness, scoliosis,” says Thomas.
On a bad day, Bubby can have as many as 10 seizures and uses a homemade safe space routinely.
“It's very tough, I love him to death and I wouldn't change him. But knowing that we could lose him at any time, that's hard,” says Brandi.
Doctors can't give his parents an exact date, but they know he will die well before adulthood.
He turns 9-years-old on Feb. 11 and his parents are hoping they'll have a lot of mail to give him on that special day.
Bubby’s parents know they must treat every birthday as if it will be his last.
“He's happy, and loving and he's caring and he's a fighter,” says Brandi. “I don't think he'd be here if he wasn't a fighter.”
Brandi and Thomas don’t want to leave anything to chance on this birthday.
That’s why they started asking everyone they meet if they would consider sending Bubby some mail for his special day.
They’ve set up a special post office box in their small town to collect what they receive.
On his big day, they hope to shower their son in cards and stickers.
“We're blessed,” says Brandi. “I'm so glad we have the child that we have….have the life that we have, because he's amazing.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: If you would like to send mail, cards, or stickers to Bubby for his birthday, please consider sending them to the following address:
PO BOX 1142
Graham, Washington 98338