Postal Workers’ Mail Truck Parade Honors Boy With Cancer
Lifestyle| | By Lauren Boudreau
Matthew Watkins, a 17-year-old boy from Clay, New York, got the surprise of his life after being diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. Ever since he was little, Watkins has had a love for the U.S. Postal Service. He waits for the mail truck every day, informing everyone within earshot when it arrives.
“We would go take pictures at the post office, count all the mail trucks just to make sure they got home safe,” Watkins’ mother says in a video interview.
Watkins’ own mail carrier knew him personally, but when she didn’t see him for eight months, she grew concerned.
After finding out that Watkins had been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in May, the postmaster decided a welcome home present was just what he needed.
In a YouTube video that has since gone viral, 25 postal trucks, escorted by Moyers Corners Fire Department trucks, paraded down Watkins’ block and in front of his home. According to Syracuse.com, Watkins was “overwhelmed” by all the trucks in the parade and is eager to watch videos and look at photos to relive the experience.
At the end, Watkins was gifted with his very own postal uniform and sash.
He currently hopes to make the U.S. Postal Service his profession.