A few weeks shy of becoming a teenager, twelve year old Aspen Kelly’s mom wanted to surprise her daughter on her 13th birthday.
She posted a request on Facebook to family and friends to send Aspen a postcard from wherever they were so that she could share with her on her birthday.
Aspen can’t travel because of her condition so her mom, Vanessa, thought this would cheer her up.
What followed was a flood of postcards from throughout the United States and the world– including a special post card all the way from Greece, signed by Tom Hanks.
“This postcard is too awesome not to share, and I’m totally geeking-out right now!” Vanessa Kelly wrote on Facebook, about a month after she originally posted her plea for postcards. “Tom Hanks took the time to send Aspen a postcard from Greece!”
“I hope this arrives in time for your happy 13th birthday! Love you.”
Signed, Tom Hanks… several thousand miles away from the tiny island of Antiparos where Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson spend their summers.
Aspen will get her wish of seeing the world for her birthday, including Greece with a famous new pen pal– even though her cancer treatments will prevent her from physically traveling.
Photos from Vanessa Kelly via Facebook.
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Tom Hanks and his wife have always been the example the rest of Hollywood should follow.