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Cards from around the world give sick Kelso boy extra special 5th birthday

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Gabriel Shefchek knows he’s in the hospital, but he isn’t sure why.

The 5-year-old boy from Kelso who we first introduced you to last year was born with Weaver’s syndrome, a rare condition that makes his bones grow faster than normal.  He’s grown accustomed to seeing specialists and undergoing procedures, but this is different.

People with Weaver’s syndrome have a higher risk of cancer, and Gabriel’s parents found out a few weeks ago their little boy is among them. 

“Unfortunately, we thought we caught it early,” his mother Kassie told Fox 12.  “I brought him to the doctor over and over and over again for like four weeks and kept saying, ‘Something’s not right with my son.’”

In October, he was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma and has spent weeks at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital getting tests and starting chemotherapy.

But this week it’s his birthday.

“This is the first birthday he’s had to spend in the hospital,” his father Justin explained.  “We were just hoping that for this birthday it would be, you know, as normal for him as possible.”

So, they brought the party to him.

Friday afternoon, his hospital room was filled with family and friends.  They sang him Happy Birthday as the sound of laughter filled the hallway and a smile crept across his face.

He opened presents and ate cake – all while getting a round of chemo.

“Just to see him smile and [see] that everybody’s here for him, you can’t replace that kind of joy,” Justin added.

To make this birthday even more special, his parents started a campaign to get as many birthday cards as possible.

So far, more than 100 have come in.

“They’ve come from Connecticut, Minnesota – we got one today from England,” his mom added.

All for the little boy who loves opening mail almost as much as he loves super heroes.

But he doesn’t realize the biggest super hero in the room is him.

“He’s going to fight this and he’s going to beat this,” his dad said.

The family expects to be able to go home soon.  If you’d like to help with medical expenses, visit their GoFundMe page.

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