Mail Carriers Honor Clay Teen Battling Leukemia With Postal Parade [PHOTOS]
Matthew Watkins has always been enamored with the mail; the trucks, the post office the workers. He even sits on his porch to wait for the mailman. Yesterday, the Syracuse area teen who is battling Leukemia, was welcomed home with a parade of mail trucks.
Matthew was diagnosed with Leukemia in May. He was hospitalized and spent 12 weeks in the ICU. Matthew was discharged Jan 7th but will have to undergo treatment for the next three and a half years.
Jennifer Watkins says her son has always loved the mail. "We used to stop in neighborhoods and take pictures of the trucks. We even drove to our local post office after dinner to count the trucks and make sure everyone got back ok."
Those postal workers wanted to give back and drove a parade of trucks to Matthew's house in Clay to welcome him home.
"It was truly spectacular. Every vehicle was driven by a worker. I am extremely grateful and touched. He was very excited and talked about it all night," says Jennifer. "He's just a kid that loves people and he warms the hearts of everyone he touches."
The Moyers Corners Fire Department escorted the US Postal Service parade. "We were invited to escort the fleet of letter carriers to Matthew's residence to help give him a day to remember. Thank you to the USPS for the invite, it was certainly our honor to participate."
The trucks may be seeing Matthew a lot in the next few weeks. His birthday is February 27th. Send him a birthday card at:
19 Nectarine Lane
Liverpool, NY 13090