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Springfield family ‘touched’ by kindness

Lucas Hoelscher’s wish has been granted worldwide.

The 14-year-old Springfield boy who has spinal muscular atrophy type I and had one request for the holiday season — send him mail — has attracted the attention of young and old alike all around the world.

Lucas’ father, Bill, said his son has received more than 7,500 pieces of mail since this newspaper wrote a story about Lucas earlier this month and word spread on social media. The family reads him about 50 to 60 letters a day, and Bill expects Lucas to reach the 10,000-letter mark by Christmas Day on Wednesday.

Lucas has received mail from China, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, England, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Puerto Rico and Russia, as well as from all over the United States.

“It’s amazing how people have taken it to heart,” Bill said. “Everybody has busy schedules this time of year, and it’s touching that they take that kind of time for Lucas. He definitely feels the love.”

Lucas, who is unable to talk or move, enjoys receiving letters and cards in the mail because his life completely revolves around his visual skills. He is only able to communicate by making sounds or moving his eyes.

Lucas, part of triplet sons, was diagnosed with SMA type I when he was 10 months old. Doctors told his parents, Bill and Patty, he only had months to live.

His mailing address is: 3092 Wyandot Drive, Springfield, Ohio 45502. A Letters for Lucas Facebook group has grown to nearly 4,000 members.

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