Meet Dalton Dingus, a nine year old boy from Kentucky with a singular Christmas wish — to receive a record-breaking number of Christmas cards before he succumbs to the disease that has already left him virtually unable to breathe.
Dalton takes 18 different medicines every day, “lots of pills and antibiotics,” his mother says. He goes through 12 liters of oxygen a day and wears a face mask to help him breathe, making him look like a miniature fighter pilot with an interest in coloring and playing with Lego blocks.
“The cards give him something to look forward to. Something to get excited about,” Dalton’s mother says.
Despite some reports that Dingus had already broken the record for receiving the most Christmas cards, spokeswoman Jamie Panas said Guinness “currently does not monitor a category for this.”
However, Guinness does have an old record on the books. As of 1992, the last official time Guinness allowed for a Christmas card category, Canadian Jarrod Booth had collected 205,120.
Guinness said it is in touch with the Dingus family and is in the process of determining if a new record category can be made.
“Every day when I get up I give Dalton and then we go through all those letters and cards. I’m just touched. We’re just so blessed,” Jessica said.
To send Dalton a Christmas card, address it to: Dalton Dingus HC 62 Box 1249 Salyersville, KY 41465.
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