Cancer patient Craig Shergold Wants to Break The World Record for Receiving Greeting Cards–Previously Truth! Now Ended!
Summary of eRumor: The Truth:
An 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 Foundation.
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.
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 rumor.
updated 11/18/01 For more information:
Make A Wish Foundation
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…