Girl, 6, with deadly condition receives thousands of Christmas cards from strangers

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FOUNTAIN GREEN, Utah — A family in Utah, told by doctors that their six-year-old daughter may not survive another Christmas, has received thousands of Christmas cards after asking the public to give her a ‘lifetime of Christmas cards.’

“She likes to laugh and have a good time and hear stories, but lately she has had a lot of days she will just cry all day long,” Tami Fausett, Addie’s mother, told CNN affiliate KSL.

A mysterious condition will probably cut her young life short, doctors have told the family. Although her condition remains undiagnosed, she suffers from cerebral atrophy, which has severely affected her speech and motor skills. According to her mother, at age 3, Addie just stopped growing; at 6, she weighs only 23 pounds.

As the handwritten letters pour in, Addie’s family hopes they will spark a little Christmas cheer during the tough times. They’ve created the Facebook page for “Little Addie” to update followers with pictures of Addie opening letters and celebrating Christmas.

“She doesn’t get to play with kids, so we thought if everyone sent her a card, we could tell all her they were all her friends, and it would just help make her Christmas a little bit better,” Fausett said.

Amber Brosig, managing trustee of the charity Children and the Earth, said Addie’s family never fathomed such an amazing response with the letters. The charity has been helping the family with medical costs.

To send a card to Addie and the Fausett family, use this address:

Addie Lynn and sisters
P.O. Box 162
Fountain Green, Utah 84632

“Thank you for my cards,” Addie told a postal worker on a recent trip to pick up her bounty of seasons greetings. In the small town of just more than 1,000 residents, her letters have outnumbered the population.

Addie is appreciative of the kind words that have been flooding in, and she had a message for KSL’s camera: “Merry Christmas.”

“There’s no other way to describe her other than she’s an absolute sweet soul,” Brosig told CNN.

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