First responders helping a sick RI boy's birthday wish come true

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February 21, 2014, 6:26 pm
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(NECN: Kristen Carosa) - A simple request to send a birthday card to a sick child has turned into so much more.

Uxbridge, Mass. Police along with other local departments will be part of a very special birthday for 6-year-old Tyler Seddon.

"Whenever we can get involved and help support families, whether it be here in Uxbridge or our neighbors in Rhode Island that are close, we feel the need to do that," Uxbridge Police Chief Jeffrey Lourie said.

The Pascoag, R.I. boy is battling his second round of leukemia.

Tyler's mom Rachel says her son is going through chemotherapy and is waiting for a bone marrow transplant.

He's turning 7 on March 6 and wants to make it his best birthday yet.

"We started off just asking local fire departments and police for birthday cards for Tyler, and actually it's gone quite viral," Rachel said.

Rachel says not only is Tyler receiving cards and gifts from his local heroes, but they will be holding a special event on his birthday with the help of local authorities.

A caravan of more than 200 cars led by Rhode Island police will be coming to his house on his special day.

"I can't believe it. I actually never even imagined it would be so big," Rachel said.

Rachel says word of Tyler's story and his special birthday wish spread fast.

Messages and pictures for Tyler are pouring in on his Facebook page called "Tyler's Troops."

"We have people all over the world that are sending Tyler gifts and cards and birthday wishes. It's kind of surreal right now for him, but I think that come March 6 when he sees everything and realizes that it's all about him that it's going to be quite a wonderful experience for him," Rachel said.

Uxbridge Police will be among the caravan that will go to Tyler's house on March 6, and Chief Lourie said they're looking forward to being part of Tyler's special day.

"We look forward to hopefully putting a smile on Tyler's face on his birthday," he said.

Tags: rhode island, Fire, police , leukemia , childhood cancer, Kristen Carsoa, Tyler Seddon
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