Community responds to boy's birthday card request

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From Iraq to Australia, people are reacting to a  9-year-old boy's birthday request. Chase Howard is turning ten on 9/19/16 and instead of toys, he's asking for birthday cards.

Within 24 hours of FOX 5 sharing Howard's story, it was viewed nearly 200,000 times.

"It would make me feel special if people sent me cards," Chase Howard told FOX 5 News on Monday.

Howard's family said Chase can't have a typical birthday party because he's lost mobility in his legs.

Chase has a rare and fatal form of Muscular Dystrophy. It's called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and it affects less than 200,000 people in the United States each year.

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There is no cure and Chase is confined to a wheelchair. 

"I'm a special kid," Chase said. "I feel happy every day even though I'm in a wheelchair, but I am a great kid." 

Chase has already said when he gets to heaven he gets new legs.

His family told FOX 5 the life expectancy for people with DMD is, on average, 25-years-old.

Howard's family tells FOX 5 they are planning a community get together for Chase on 9/18. More details to come.

If you'd like to send Chase a birthday greeting, please mail your card to: