Kentucky teen asking for birthday cards to lift his spirits in cancer fight

Aaron Stamper with some of the birthday cards he's already received. (Photo: Diane Stamper)

IRVINE, Ky. (WLEX) - A Kentucky teenager fighting leukemia hopes the wishes of strangers can make a milestone birthday a happy one.

Aaron Stamper has been battling cancer for three years after a diagnosis just two days before his 13th birthday. A year later, his brother Ethan was killed in a car crash.

This Sunday, Aaron turns 16 years old and says all he wants is a mailbox full of birthday cards.

"I just like to collect them," Aaron told WLEX-TV. "When I get older, I want to put them in a book so I can remember them all, remember how hard things were."

He says each card he receives gives him the courage to keep fighting.

The story of Aaron's request by WLEX has already touched the community. Cards are coming in, Aaron has been invited to be the guest of honor at an annual charity car show and a local photographer has offered her talents to help the family.

"That's all it takes, is one or two good photos," Sasha Owens told the station. "Just one photo can ease a lot of tension, change a lot of feelings."

Thursday, Kentucky State Police troopers joined in, installing a larger mailbox at the Stampers' home to accommodate all the cards.

School children, business owners and others from across the country have shared photos of their cards headed out in the mail to Aaron's home.

If you would like to send a card to wish Aaron a happy birthday, send it to:

Aaron Stamper
2795 Pea Ridge Road
Irvine, KY 40336

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