Shergold Wants to Break The World Record for Receiving
Truth! Now Ended!
Summary of eRumor:
email says that 9-year old Craig Shergold of Carshalton, Great Britain is
dying of Cancer. As a dying wish, he wants to get into the Guinness Book of
World Records by collecting the most greeting cards of anybody in history.
The email asks that the cards be sent to an address of the Make-A-Wish
Craig Shergold is real and
in 1989 when he was 9-years old, a campaign was started on his
behalf to try to break the Guinness world record for greeting cards. The Make-A-Wish Foundation had nothing to do
with it, however, and Craig is now a 22-year old young man who is
alive and well.
The story began in 1988 when Craig first complained of
earaches. Antibiotics didn't help and one day when his
condition seemed desperate, Craig was taken to a hospital for tests,
which revealed a brain tumor. He was so ill his parents were
warned he might not survive. Surgery removed the tumor, but it
kept growing and the outlook was not good. When the
staff at Royal Marsden Hospital in London saw how much get-well
cards cheered it up, it was suggested that a card project be started
to break the Guinness world record. The London office of the
Children's Wish Foundation (not Make-a-Wish) got on board and the
British press gave visibility to the story. The old Guinness
mark was slightly more than a million cards. That record was
broken by Craig within a few months, but the cards kept
coming. Then along the way, the rumor said he wanted business
cards, not greeting cards. The mail load got so heavy that
Craig's family ultimately halted mail delivery to their home and
chose to move to a different residence. Now, Craig's old
address has its own postal code and more than 350 million pieces of
mail have been received. Volunteers remove the stamps, which
are sold, and the mail is then recycled, with the proceeds going to
cancer research. The folks at Guinness have retired the
greeting card category.
Although Craig and his family became overwhelmed by the volume of
mail, they ultimately became grateful for one aspect of the
visibility. Word of Craig's condition reached Virginia
billionaire John Kluge, chairman of Metromedia. He arranged
for Craig to be flown to the U.S. for life-saving surgery at the
University of Virginia Medical Center.
A PAX-TV movie about Craig was the result of producer Robert Woods having
received the rumor and sending a card to Craig. Through that,
he learned that Craig was no longer a little boy, but a healthy
young man and the story struck him as a good one for the screen.
He and the family have hopes that the film will help quiet the
A real example of the story as it has
Craig Shergold needs your help. This six year old boy lives in Carshalton, Great
Britain and is dying of brain cancer. Little Craig wants to do just one more
thing before he dies; he wants to set a world record for the most business cards
ever collected. Please help Craig realize his dream by sending your cards to the
Make A Wish Foundation at...