Girl fights leukemia with Christmas wishes from thousands

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BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) -- A southeastern Michigan girl who is battling leukemia has many fans -- more than 4,500 so far and growing by the day.

Emma Roberts of Brighton has received that many Christmas cards in the past three weeks. It began as a social media campaign by a fellow Brighton resident who wanted to boost the 13-year-old's morale.

Emma's father, Tom Roberts, tells the Livingston Daily Press & Argus that he feels sorry for the mail carrier: Sometimes the mail comes twice a day.

The family of five opens the cards together and reads them to each other.

Cards have arrived from Iceland, South Korea, Sweden, Mexico and Australia.

Some have come from cancer survivors.

Emma says, "It's nice to know someone else fought hard and survived it."