Child fighting late stage Cystic Fibrosis breaks record
Dalton Dingus (Source: WLEX)
MAGOFFIN COUNTY, KY (WLEX) - A Magoffin County boy is breaking records while fighting for his
life. Dalton Dingus is fighting cystic fibrosis, a lung disease, and the 9-year-old has also been trying to set a new Guinness World Record
for receiving the most Christmas cards. He passed the record of 35,000
cards yesterday, but he wants to make the record untouchable.
"He wants to open all the boxes," says his mom, Jessica Dingus.
"He wants to know how many cards he's got. He gets really excited."
Too many to fit in the house, piles of Christmas cards addressed to
Dalton fill boxes on their front porch. Jessica reads the thousands and
thousands of cards to her son. Dalton's favorite is a gingerbread man
that dances and sings.
The drive started as a post on Facebook. Dalton was diagnosed with
cystic fibrosis when he was four and a half years old. A post on
facebook said he wanted Christmas cards for Christmas this year. From
there, it became a movement that is inspiring people around the world,
from his home in Magoffin County, to as far as Australia and Guatemala.
People everywhere are sending Dalton Christmas cards, something he and
is family are so thankful for.
On Monday, Dalton received 6,000 cards in one day which took him to a
little more than 37,000 cards and counting. More than enough to break
the current record of 35,000.
"It's just amazing the outpouring of support everyone has shown. It
really means a lot to him. It gives him something to look forward to
every morning. He wants to know if the mail is here," says Jessica
Dalton's Christmas cards earning him a place in the record books, but
it's his courage and strength that is touching people the world over.
"He has inspired them to have a goal of their own. He's nine years
old and he's sick, yet he still has a goal...and he's done it," says
If you would like to help Dalton continue surpassing the record, you can mail a card to:
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