There are things in life we might not understand completely, but with a little bit of kindness, nothing is impossible.

In Somerset, Massachusetts, there's a 15-year old boy named Alex Rogers who is battling a severe bout of leukemia. He is currently hospitalized up at Boston Children's Hospital and because he has Down syndrome, he's not exactly sure what's going on or why he's even there in the first place. All he wants to do is go home and see his family, and this upsets him the most.

Due to health complications, Alex has lost sleep, sometimes upwards of 48 straight hours awake, from being in severe pain. His hair was falling out from the chemotherapy and he doesn't know why the doctors and nurses had to shave his head.

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He was originally supposed to get released to go home next week, but now, doctors are telling the family that it might be six more months of daily trips to the hospital. Alex's parents are struggling and doing their best to keep up, but unfortunately, they're running out of sick time to take off from work.

In the mean time, I reached out to and spoke with Alex's pre-school teacher, Erin Donahue-Taylor, who is very close with Alex and his family. She told me that the one thing that could cheer Alex up the most is receiving cards and letters in the mail.

"The more he gets, the more famous he feels," Donahue-Taylor said. "He feels like a celebrity when people write to him and it keeps his mind distracted for the time being."

Alex loves actor Danny DeVito and would do anything just to meet him or chat with him over the phone.

Photo Courtesy of Erin Donahue-Taylor
Courtesy of Erin Donahue-Taylor

You've heard Alex's story, now it's your turn to help if you can.

Letters of encouragement and kindness can be sent to the following address where Alex is currently being stationed:

Alex Rogers
Unit 6 Northeast Room 6212
Boston Children's Hospital,
300 Longwood Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115
In the year 2021, receiving physical mail is a rarity but brings out pure happiness in those who wait patiently. We may not be able to cure Alex's leukemia, but together we can make him smile with something as simple and small as a handwritten letter or card.

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