Fighting pediatric cancer for Baby Shawn and others, one letter at a time

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Baby Shawn has touched the hearts of so many people. He’s the 5-year-old from Niagara Falls who’s battling a rare brain cancer called DIPG.

Last month, Mike Esposito set up the chance for him to meet his idol, Steph Curry. Now that they’re back, Esposito has joined the fight to combat pediatric cancer.

“When we came back home a lot of people said, ‘What a great job you did.’ It felt good making his dream come true, but I just felt like I just couldn’t leave him now. Now what? He still has a tumor,” Esposito, a history teacher at Niagara Falls High School said.

As a result, he started a writing campaign at his school. He’s compiling letters to send to NFL Commissioner RogerStudents writing letters Goodell. Esposito wants him to devote one week during the season to pediatric cancer.

Esposito felt compelled to help after he learned how deadly pediatric cancer can be. According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among U.S. children.

Esposito wants to find a cure and secure more funding for research.

So far, his letting campaign is gaining a lot of traction. Schools in Buffalo, Hamburg, Boston, Las Vegas and outside of Chicago are pitching in.

Esposito may have more than 7 thousand letters to hand deliver to Goodell. “To show him that hey, these are your fans,” Esposito said. “Hopefully, he’ll listen and take a minute to read some of them.”

If you want to help out and submit a letter, you can contact Esposito at provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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