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Craig Shergold
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    (June 24, 1979- )
    At nine, afflicted with a terminal brain tumor, he requested greeting cards (1989)
    Desire was to be in the Guinness Book of World Records for having received the most greeting cards
    By 1990, 16 million cards had arrived, and his wish had come true
    Even though Craig's brain tumor was successfully removed back in the early 90s, people still to this day get e-mail forwards about 'A dying child named Craig Shergold who wants to get into the Guinness World Book of Records for collecting the most get well cards.'
    Because of the volume of mail being sent to his home, the family halted mail delivery to their address.
    A woman with the same last name who lived in that area received up to 18 messages a day on her answering machine from people looking for information about the boy.
    Guinness World Records retired the category for the most get-well cards, leaving Craig's 1992 record of 33 million unchallenged.
    Cards continue to flow in, though, and the latest guesstimate has it that over 200 million have been received.
    Years ago Craig's Shelby Road home was granted the British equivalent of its own postal code.
    His brain tumor was removed successfully and he is cured of cancer.
    He achieved his goal of being in the Guinness World Record book for receiving the most get well cards.
    Both Craig and his parents have granted a number of interviews in an attempt to put an end to this.
    He was interviewed on 'ABC's Good Morning America' (October 26, 1997).
    The Craig Shergold story is one of the most popular Urban Legends.
    All mail that Craig receives today is forwarded to a recycling center.

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