An Indiana 14-year-old with cystic fibrosis is asking for Christmas cards to help spread awareness for organ donation.
Xavier Johnson, who will need multiple organ transplants in his lifetime, is currently in need of a liver and pancreas due to his cirrhosis.
The teen is asking people around the world to send him holiday cards. Xavier hopes to break the world record for most Christmas cards, which is currently held by Dalton Dingus. Dingus died of cystic fibrosis in 2013 at the age of 9.
“We were just sitting on the couch and he knows that there is a need for organs, and decided that he wanted to try and break the world record for the most Christmas cards. He thought it would be a way to get the word out about organ donation,” Xavier’s mom, Brooke Reich, told InsideEdition.com.
Xavier has spent much of his childhood quarantined during the flu season because catching it can prove life-threatening. He’s been home since September and must stay inside through April.
His mother said the cards have been cheering him up.
“There’s been a lot of smiles,” Reich said. “A lot of people are saying, 'Hang in there.”
Reich said many people who have written the cards have signed up to be organ donors. Xavier has collected more than 300 cards so far.
If you’d like to send Xavier a Christmas card, you can use the address below.
P.O. Box 6620
Kokomo, IN 46904