Parents of terminally ill boy ask for help fulfilling son’s birthday wish

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GRAHAM, Wash. -- Most little boys want a new bike or video game system for their birthdays, but Bubby Everson in Washington has a much simpler wish. He just wants a little mail.

"He loves mail," Bubby's mom 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. A card with stickers?

"If there are stickers in it he loves," Bubby's dad Thomas Everson said. "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, on the walls, on the floors on the windows because it is a reminder for them that each day he can do it is another day of life for their son.

Bubby contracted a virus at birth, Cytomegalovirus or CMV. Usually it's harmless, but in very rare cases it can be devastating. In Bubby's case, doctors say it will be fatal. It is only a matter of time.

Bubby uses cochlear implant to hear and wears casts on both feet to help with the scoliosis when he's not in his wheelchair.

But that's just where his troubles begin.

"The short list: autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, deafness, scoliosis," Thomas said.

On a bad day, Bubby can have as many as 10 seizures and uses a homemade safe space routinely.

ìIt`s very tough, I love him to death and I wouldn`t change him but knowing that could lose him at any time that`s hard,î says Brandi.

Doctors can't give his parents an exact date, but they know he will die well before his time.

And that brings us back to Bubbyís upcoming birthday. He turns 9 on Feb. 11 and his parents are hoping they'll have mail they can give him on that special day.

Bubby's parents know they must treat every birthday as if it will be the last they get to celebrate with their son.

"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."

Still, Brandi and Thomas don't want to leave anything to chance on this birthday. That's why they have begun 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 of Graham to collect what they receive so that on the big day they might be able to shower their son in cards and stickers.

"We're blessed," Brandi said. "I'm so glad we have the child that we have...have the life that we have, because he's amazing."

When it's all said and done, Bubby is really just an 8-year-old boy who is excited about his birthday.


EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to send a mail, cards, or stickers to Bubby for his birthday please consider sending them to the following address:

Bubby Everson
PO BOX 1142
Graham, Washington 98338

The family is also trying to raise money for a special sensory room for Bubby, for more information on that visit their online fundraising website.

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