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Boy with terminal cancer wishes for Halloween cards from around the world

The family of a terminally ill boy is asking strangers to lift his spirits by sending him greeting cards for his favorite holiday of Halloween.

Now, Brock Chadwick has received nearly 1,000 cards from places as far away as Singapore.

“It’s definitely very exciting and he’s happy,” mom Brittney Horton told ABC News. “You can tell he hasn’t been the greatest but it’s lifted him for sure.”

PHOTO: Brock Chadwick, 7, has received nearly 1,000 greeting cards from strangers as far as Singapore after his family member asked people on Facebook to send him well wishes for Halloween. (Courtesy Brittney Horton)
PHOTO: Brock Chadwick, 7, has received nearly 1,000 greeting cards from strangers as far as Singapore after his family member asked people on Facebook to send him well wishes for Halloween. (Courtesy Brittney Horton)

Horton of Biddeford, Maine, said her son, Brock, 7, was diagnosed in February with glioblastoma, a high-grade cancer in his brain and spine.

“A recent MRI scan showed that he has more tumors both throughout his brain and spine and basically those tumors are starting to cause his body problems,” Horton said. “He just recently had a seizure so it’s getting scary.”

PHOTO: Brock received one mail delivery that contained 576 cards alone. (Courtesy Brittney Horton)
PHOTO: Brock received one mail delivery that contained 576 cards alone. (Courtesy Brittney Horton)

A nurse at Maine Children’s Cancer Program at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital said Brock is one of their patients, but could not comment further due to privacy laws.

To cheer him up, Horton said that Brock’s great-aunt began a movement called “Brocktoberfest,” requesting Halloween cards from people through the her “Team Brock” Facebook page since he loves the holiday so much.

PHOTO: Brittney Horton of Biddeford, Maine, said her son, Brock, 7, was diagnosed in February with glioblastoma, a high-grade cancer in his brain and spine. (Courtesy Brittney Horton)
PHOTO: Brittney Horton of Biddeford, Maine, said her son, Brock, 7, was diagnosed in February with glioblastoma, a high-grade cancer in his brain and spine. (Courtesy Brittney Horton)
PHOTO: Brock's mother, Brittney Horton, said that Brock's great aunt began requesting Halloween cards from people on Facebook since he loves the holiday so much. (Courtesy Brittney Horton)
PHOTO: Brock’s mother, Brittney Horton, said that Brock’s great aunt began requesting Halloween cards from people on Facebook since he loves the holiday so much. (Courtesy Brittney Horton)

Soon cards, candy, books and pictures came pouring in from all over the world including France, the United Kingdom and Scotland.

“I didn’t think it was going to be this many,” Horton said. “I was expected maybe a couple hundred, definitely not this.”

PHOTO: Brock Chadwick, 7, has received Halloween cards from all over the world including France, the United Kingdom and Scotland. (Courtesy Brittney Horton)
PHOTO: Brock Chadwick, 7, has received Halloween cards from all over the world including France, the United Kingdom and Scotland. (Courtesy Brittney Horton)

With help from his sister, Aubri-Ella, 3, Brock has begun opening almost 1,000 cards. On Tuesday alone, he counted 75 packages, Horton said.

Each card is filled with well-wishes and Halloween jokes.

PHOTO: Each of the 1,000 Halloween greeting cards that Brock Chadwick has received is filled with well wishes and Halloween jokes. (Courtesy Brittney Horton)
PHOTO: Each of the 1,000 Halloween greeting cards that Brock Chadwick has received is filled with well wishes and Halloween jokes. (Courtesy Brittney Horton)

“It’s made him smile a whole lot more,” Horton said.

Brock hopes to be either the Hulk or Captain America for Halloween.

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