9-year-old in burn unit looks forward to getting cards to brighten his day

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A nine-year old boy and his family are learning the true power of a simple greeting card, following tragedy.

While most kids will spend their summers playing outdoors, nine-year-old Alex Dewey will be stuck in a hospital room.  An accident left his with burns on over half his body.

"Alex is pretty restless at the time. He's in a lot of pain on his stomach. He doesn't complain much about anything. He would like to be able to eat,” said Cynthia Matteson, Alex’s grandmother.

Her heart aches for what her grandson has to endure.

“He's already had four surgeries and I believe they tell me he's going to have at least two more," said Matteson.

Alex is looking at about a three month stay inside a burn unit, at the University Of Kansas Hospital. So his grandmother's sister came up with a way to make his stay a little more pleasant. She started sharing Alex's picture on Facebook and requesting people send him cards and balloons. Several others started to share the picture.

“It puts the hugest smile on his face. I open them when I get them and tell him who they're from and he just smiles at them. It brightens up his day,” said Matteson.

The cards are the next best thing for the normally active kid, who usually enjoys his bike, play station and skateboard.

If you'd like to send a card to Alex, the address is 3901 Rainbow Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas 66160.  Please do not send flowers or latex balloons.