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Scots asked to help little boy with cancer fulfil final wish by sending postcards to Canada

Scots are being asked to help a talented young cancer sufferer see as much of Europe as possible – by sending postcards to him in Canada.

Zac Connolly, who is bilingual, was due to visit the UK and Europe but his trip had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus lockdown and his poor health.

He first beat the disease after being diagnosed with fourth stage high rush neuroblastoma as a two-year-old toddler.

But he relapsed last year, with the cancer being much more aggressive second time round.

Now 11, and a military history buff, Zac was granted a wish from the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada – which would have allowed him to see Scotland in person.

But with medics and loved ones unsure of how long Zac has left, a friend came up with the idea of people sending him postcards so he could see as much of the continent as possible.

And now his family have appealed to Scots to send some picturesque snaps his way.

Speaking to the Daily Record, his mum, Angela Connolly, said: “Zac is an amazingly bright eleven year old.

“He was diagnosed in 2011, when he was two, and  that time he beat it.

“He has grown into such an incredible young man.

“He is bilingual French/English. He has the world map memorized, flags, political systems.

“He loves military history, especially European.

“The Second World War is what he is most interested in, but can intelligently speak about battles many years past.

“When he relapsed last fall, his cancer was so much more aggressive.

“We have fought hard but traditional chemo and immunotherapy haven’t worked this time.

“Zac found out he was being granted another wish, (we went to Florida, Disney Land in 2013), he immediately said he wanted to travel to Europe. Specifically Northern Europe and the UK.

“His prognosis now isn’t good, and we aren’t sure how much time he has left.

“Some friends of ours in Europe started sending him postcards, then a few more.

“Then his grandparents put the Facebook post out and it’s going viral it seems.

“It’s so touching and heartwarming.

“The support we’ve felt from our community, our country and now our international neighbours has been astounding.”

A Facebook post by his gran, Nettie Connolly, asking for postcards to be sent to Canada has been shared more than 3,000 times.

It said: “Zac’s wish from the Wish Foundation was to see Europe.

“He has always been fascinated with geography and thought it would be really great to see some European countries.

“Because of Covid 19-and his condition this wish will not happen.

“His Poppy came up with an idea of getting his friends who had friends or relatives in Europe to send him postcards.

“I thought it was a great idea and decided to reach out to see how many of my friends had connections.

“Still trying to find ways to put smiles on our boy’s face.”

Anyone who would like to send Zac a postcard should address it to:
Zac Connolly,
48B Levy Rd,
Upper Rawdon,
Nova Scotia,
Canada,
B0N2N0.

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