Hundreds of birthday cards arrived last weekend for a nine-year-old Texas boy fighting a rare type of cancer, according to KWTX. The wishes kept pouring in from friends, family and well-wishers all weekend
Then on Wednesday, Taliq got a message from his favorite NBA player.
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry wished Taliq a happy birthday and speedy recovery via a video message on Twitter.
Taliq's mother Tanisha wanted to make his tenth birthday a special one because she believes little words of encouragement will help him battle his cancer, KWTX reported. So she asked everyone she knew — and strangers — to send him birthday cards.
Doctors diagnosed Taliq with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma on Feb. 18. DIPG is a type of brain tumor found in the pons, part of the brainstem on the lower back of the brain, KWTX reported. Taliq gained 55 pounds since his diagnosis.
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Taliq's mother said that the birthday cards and gifts — some which arrived all the way from Australia — immediately made him feel better. Taliq didn't complain about a headache for the first time in months. "Tears just came to my eyes because as a mother, I have been waiting four months to wait to hear him say those words," she told KWTX.
Taliq's mother Tanisha has set up a Go Fund Me site for her son.