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Happy Birthday, Shane! A birthday wish for a boy with cancer.

Updated on July 12, 2013

Shane Bernier's Wish was for the World Record in Birthday Cards Received - His Wish Came True!

Shane Bernier is a courageous seven-year-old boy from Lancaster, Ontario who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was only five. On June 6th, 2006 Shane and his family received some unfortunate news: Shane experienced a relapse after completing 108 of 130 weeks of treatment.

However, despite the bad news, Shane has managed to keep a positive outlook on his situation and made a heart-warming wish... He didn't ask for money or toys or anything of the sort. Instead, for his birthday on May 30th, he wanted to break the world record for the most birthday cards ever received.

On May 30, 2007, Shane Bernier celebrated his eighth birthday with a pile of approximately 5.6 Million birthday cards from around the world, more than he'd ever imagined when he first made his wish back in January. 

From movie stars like John Travolta to singers like Avril Lavigne, and TV stars like Dr. Phil, and political figures like Prime Minister Stephen Harper,  Shane has birthday wishes from around the world.

The 5.6 Million announcement was made by Carter Brown, morning show host for Ottawa radio station 105.3 KISS FM, during Shane's birthday party at the Children's Hospital of Eastern (CHEO), where Shane had undergone radiation and chemotherapy only hours earlier.

Shane was also sent a Canadian flag, signed by members of the Canadian forces fighting in Afghanistan - his favorite, said Bernier. For awhile, there was talk that he might break a Guinness World Record, but the family was recently told the category would be retired.

Thanks!

The successful campaign was for Shane's Birthday on May 30, 2007. The family has formally requested that no more cards be sent.

Where do I send cards to?

The big campaign was for his birthday on May 30, 2007. The family has formally requested that no more cards be sent.

However if you still want his address, it is:

Shane Bernier

PO Box 484

Lancaster, Ontario

K0C 1N0

Canada

NOTE: This is the only valid address. An address in Illinois has circulated, but that is not a valid address.

Shane Bernier on YouTube

Not a Hoax

Because of the nature of this project, people e-mail this story to their friends. Forwarded e-mails notoriously have hoaxes and false information in them. I assure you, this story is not a hoax. Snopes.com a site which looks into authenticity of stories has looked into it. Be careful that when you send your card, you are sending it to Ontario Canada ... any other address is fake (a fake address in Illinois has turned up).

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      livingonsolar 8 years ago

      Great lens about a special young boy.

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      John001 8 years ago

      Many many happy returns of the day Shane

      ___________________________

      John

      "[url=http://gmail.com] Gmail Rocks [/url] [url=http://mail.yahoo.com] Yahoo Mail Rocks [/url]

      "

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      Forgiven 10 years ago

      You did a fine job in helping to make a dream happen with this lens! 5 Stars from me! Please visit my faithography lens when you get time and rate it if you would.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hey Shane...

      Congratulations on the new World Record...

      May all your dreams come true

      God Bless

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      hey shane in my school we did birthday cards for u! well i hope uhave a great bday im shurr ur gonna be great..

      my best wishes

      MELi<3

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hey, Shane!

      Happy belated birthday. My prayers go to you!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      heyy you little guy :)

      i wish u the most fast healthy

      well May passed but wishes can wish every time

      so i wish all the best that someone can ask for

      god bless u !! keep on be strong our heart with u !!!

      me and my country pray for you :)

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy B-Day Shane, and many more! Yes, hoaxes abound and it is always good to check out such requests, but cleary DocSpencer DIDN'T READ THE ENTIRE POST. An unfortunate oversight. Maybe this Optometrist should have his eyes examined.

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      kab 10 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Please ignore docspencer's accusations that this is a hoax. If you read carefully, this page and his link explain that the Illinois address is a hoax, but that Shane Bernier of Ontario Canada is a real kid looking for birthday cards.

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      docspencer 10 years ago

      Whoa ,whoa , whoa, Don't send any more cards!!! Go to http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/internet/a/shane_...

      Shame on you Squidoo for promoting this fraud!!!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hey Shane, this may be a belated birthday wish, but my thoughts go out to you man. Hope you receive all the birthday cards in the world. God Bless you.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      happy birthday shane and me you live a long prosperous and healthy life

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      hopedreams lm 10 years ago

      Good luck Shane and Happy Birthday! You can do it!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      happy b'day

      Shane

      my cute little friend may god bless you n fill your days

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      happy b'day

      Shane

      my cute little friend may god bless you n fill your days

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      HAppy Birthday---I pray that you have many more

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane!

      I hope my card got there in time. Even though we´ve never met you have a special place in my heart. You have made me see that even though life is hard sometimes, there´s no need to let that get us down.

      You are my hero!!

      Love Camilla from Sweden.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane !

      May all your wishes come true !

      Pam ~

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane! I hope you have a wonderful day. May God Bless and keep you.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      happy b'day shane

      May infinite bless u with good healthy happy moments ahead.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane! My God Bless you and your family, and I hope you reach your goal.

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      treebeard31 10 years ago

      Hello Birthday Boy

      Shane, many many happy returns of the day young man... may you be blessed with many many more such happy birthdays...

      Here are few of our readers who wish you on your birthday...http://treebeard31.wordpress.com/2007/05/29/happy-...

      Get well soon

      God Bless

      Pete

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy 8th birthday Shane. Wish u get everything that u want. Don't worry, u will get better very fast. I will pray for u... Take care of yourself..

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Shane, I think your wish is just beautiful and I know you will get a lot of great vibes and loads of energy to count many more birthdays. You are the MAN ! ! ! I wish you a very Happy Birthday and enjoy every single card you get, amongst them mine! Lots of love and respect. VIC

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHANE!!! Hope you have a good one :D

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Dear Shane,

      Have a wonderful birthday! And good luck breaking the record!

      Adrian from the Big Island of Hawaii.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Dearest Shane,

      This is naomi mummy, Fona from Singapore. You're a brave

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane, have a fantastic day!!! I have 2 daughters 6

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hey Shane. I got this a little late in my email as I am a new member here. We are sending you a card in the hopes that it will count towards your record. Stay strong and never lose faith no matter what happens. Take care, you. <3

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      gods_grace_notes 10 years ago

      Hi Shane! Whhhoooshhhh....whooosh....know what that is? It's the sound of real angel wings! I've been out and about on my daily rounds, and I hear there are angels of all kinds round and about YOUR place! Pretty amazing, isn't it! You're a star, and we LOVE YOU! : ) Connie

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      tackact 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday, Shane. May you get all the wishes you want. If we didn't have wishes, then there would not. be dreams. Without dreams no hope. you know what I mean, I don't need to go on, and on. You are a precious gift. I am proud to have heard your name.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Shane:

      Happy Birthday. I'm leaving for Grand Canyon tomorrow for this weekend's HIKE FOR DISCOVERY hike into the grand canyon, sponsored by leukemia and lymphoma society. (see http://www.active.com/donate/hfdga/DaveMarkert. Ironic to have been sent this link! We'll add you to our heroes list!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane!

      From your friends at FriendsWhoCare.us

      Susan Carroll

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      happy birthday shane

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Dear Shane,

      I work at a university cancer research center. We are working very hard to find the causes and cures of your type of cancer, as well as many others. Keep up the fight, OK? Have a wonderful birthday, Shane. - Kim

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane

      You will be in my prayers! What a wonderful body you are.

      God Bless

      Wendy Okkema

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane,

      may you be blessed with happiness and joy. May your wishes come true.

      Hendrik,

      Pretoria,

      South Africa.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birtyday Shane.! Have a good 1 and i'll be thinking of you on you special day.. enjoy every moment..

      From Melissa - South Africa

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birtyday Shane.! Have a good 1 and i'll be thinking of you on you special day.. enjoy every moment..

      From Melissa - South Africa

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hey! Happy Birthday Buddy!have a good 1

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane!

      Your birthday is on the same day as my grand-daughter's, and she is also 7. So While I celebrate with my family, I will think of you as well. I have also sent you an ecard!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane, hope you have a great day!! Am sending you a card from Wales UK. Hope it gets counted towards your goal. God and his angels are watching over you because they love you. God bless you and your family. Lots of love Theodora Port Talbot Wales xxxxxx

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane, hope you have a great day!! Am sending you a card from Wales UK. Hope it gets counted towards your goal. God and his angels are watching over you because they love you. God bless you and your family. Lots of love Theodora Port Talbot Wales xxxxxx

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday, Shane. May an angel continue to make you smile.

      I only just read about this, so you won't get it by your birthday, but I'll be sure to send you out a card anyway.

      You have a beauty-full birthday, little warrior.

      Ebele

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM ALL OF US IN LONG BEACH, CA, US!!!!

      I am not sure if you will receive it in time, with memorial day, but like another poster menitioned hopefully it will count!! God Bless you!!!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Shane,you have done a terrific job battling this disease. God has used your life to give others, like me,hope and courage to battle cancer. I told myself that if a little kid can be this strong...so could I!!! Thank you for your inspiration and for your life! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PARTNER!!!!

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      Retired-Cop 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane,

      Remember with God nothing is impossible.

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      MomontheRun 10 years ago

      Sending Birthday Hugs to you Shane! May all your wishes come true.

      Cyndi

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      gmansky 10 years ago

      Shane,

      Happy Birthday!

      I don't think my birthday card that I will send you will make it on time to be counted considering the Monday Memorial Day holiday here in USA. However, I will still send it to you and hope that it will get counted.

      Happy Birthday!

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      BRAINWASHCAMPWACO 10 years ago

      SHANE: IT'S JUST TIME FOR A CHILD TO LEAD US. WE NEED A BRAVE LEADER NOW MORE THAN EVER. THE EARTH IS WAXED WITH FOOLISH KINGS. WE SPENT TOO MUCH MONEY ON WARS AND WE DID NOT BUDGET SCIENCES. I WOULD LIKE TO BREAK A RECORD BY SPENDING WAR FUNDS ON CURING SHANE! JUST KEEP HAPPY AND LOVE ALL PEOPLE.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane! I'm a grandma of 13 and you look like a great kid like my grandsons.I hope that you get your every wishes and that your birthday is all that you hope it will be.Take Care and may guardian angels watch over

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      chloemurray lm 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane..

      May God Bless You.

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      michaelgibbons lm 10 years ago

      Shane I would love to make you a Buttons of Hope Photo button for you and your family and friends -- take a look at Buttonsofhope.com to see if that is something you might like? Or check out my buttons of hope squidoo lens!

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      Marc3ll 10 years ago

      Have a wonderful "Blessed" Birthday Shane :)

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY Shane.

      We live in the UK, so we have sent an e-card

      http://www.ecards.co.uk/displayEcard.php?ecard=wME.../XoIGByiGCYk6cXt9SyMKmGW0UyzUD

      We will ask the 700Club to pray for you.

      God loves you very much.

      Las

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      Sherb 10 years ago

      Happy birthday Shane, may you have many many more...

      Wishing you the best...

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane!!!!

      Have the best birthday and I will be thinking of you on your special day.

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      ojolie 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday! May your wish come true!

      Here are 2 animated birthday ecards for you.

      http://www.ojolie.com/index.php?step=preview

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      ojolie 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday! May your wish come true!

      Here are 2 animated birthday ecards for you.

      http://www.ojolie.com/index.php?step=preview

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      Robin S 10 years ago from USA

      Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I really wish you a HAPPY BIRTHADY!!

      A big hug from Argentina

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      kenona 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday shane,iam sensing my warm wishes for smiling future and nice present moment,i hope to see happy day always

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      Frankie Kangas 10 years ago from California

      Happy Birthday Shane. I put a card in the mail so you'll have one from California, USA. Have a wonderful birthday. You're a brave young man. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hi Shane,

      You're a great kid who deserves the BEST! Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hey Shane,

      I'm sending a big fat cartload of love to you - keep your spirit up. Good for you for asking for what you want! I hope you get baziilions of cards! aloha -

      Angela

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane! Sorry... I only heard about your birthday today so I won't be able to send you a card in time! guess what - my birthday is on May 30th too, so we'll share the happy day together.

      - Kathy

      Toronto, ON

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hi Shane, this is Douglas from Dubai - Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and God Bless you. May all your wishes and Dreams come true..!!Doug

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHANE !!

      Have your parents e-mail me at pat5811@sbcglobal.net, and so I can send the card I made for you.

      GOD BLESS

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday, Shane, from a fellow Canadian (Moose Jaw, Sask.) I hope this helps:

      I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.

      I believe in love, even when I am alone.

      I believe in God, even when He is silent.

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      gordgoodfellow 10 years ago

      Hi Shane, I'm in the U.K. so I won't be in time to send you a card in the post. But this IS my digital birthday card to you.

      Many Happy Returns, and may your wish come true.

      Best,

      Gordo

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      hi shane have a very beautiful birtday

      "the most beautiful day is tomorrow"from michel frais

      love from christophe merlin family in st barthelemy french west indies

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      DeWayne-FilmFreak 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane! Keep your chin up! Hope you get more cards than you ever dreamed possible!

      DeWayne(FilmFreak)- MovieDownloadMatrix.com -

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hey, Shane, we share a birthday! Have the best birthday ever!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy birthday Shane!

      May God Bless You!!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane,

      Wishing you the very best,

      From Aberdeen, Scotland.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      We have sent thousands of cards through our network of friends and colleagues to the Illinois address. What a shame. Can you get them rerouted to Shane? )any other address is fake (a fake address in Illinois has turned up).

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane!

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      Donnette Davis 10 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Shane, I'm from South Africa and I won't be in time to send you a hard-copy card but I just want to wish you the best birthday ever and may your wish come true

      Muh love and blessings

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      markowe lm 10 years ago

      Nice campaign - I know Shane is going to get absolutely buried in cards! You should probably just take a glance at the Snopes article to see the wider context of this campaign. Craig Shergold STILL gets get-well cards!

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      Susan Deppner 10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Happy Birthday, Shane!

      Your card from me will be late, but it's here and ready to go!

      Blessings always,

      Susan

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane! I'm sending a card and the happiest of wishes your way. Have an AWESOME day! Just like YOU!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane, from Greece. You are blessed for bringing all these people together. I hope you get so many birthday cards that you can build a castle with them. And the surrounding moat ;)

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      peterobot 10 years ago

      Hi Shane, Here is wishing you a Happy Birthday on the 30th and many more to come!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hi Shane - My niece was diagnosed with the same problem you have when she was 9. She kept the fight going and she is now 25 years old and the mother of 3 young children. I know it was a hard fight, but it was so worth it. You keep the faith and keep up the battle. Gotta git a card in the mail.

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      daryllorette 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hi Shane!

      Happy Birthday!!!! Love your smile. I am praying for your birthday wishes to come true. Hang in there and keep on being positive.

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      Forgiven 10 years ago

      Hi again Shane! This is Scott's wife Misty. He is the actual user of this site but I wanted to pop on and say Happy Birthday and may God bless you. You seem like an awesome young man. Keep the faith. Lots of us are praying as well as sending cards.

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      Forgiven 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday Shane!

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      TherapyDept 10 years ago

      Happy Birthday, Shane!!!

      We love you.

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      michaelgibbons lm 10 years ago

      Shane -- warms my heart to see your smile! If it's birthday cards that make you smile I hope you get so many your smile muscles hurt! Just kidding -- Shane there was a man named Jim Valvano who was fighting cancer and he said never, never ever give UP! Happy birthday!

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      gods_grace_notes 10 years ago

      HI Shane, Me again! I wrote so much in the first box, I couldn't leave you a sprinkling of my Squid Angel wings! So, here they are...with prayers for the brush of angel wings from Jesus, too! God Bless YOU, gotta run now, hafta go and get your card in the mail! Connie

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      gods_grace_notes 10 years ago

      Hi Shane! Squid Angel Connie here...I'm flying out to ALL my friends to get them to send you some of those cards you're looking for! I love your video! You have a beautiful smile, I'd like to send you a birthday card every year for the next...oh, 100 years or so! What fun we'll have! Connie : )