Valley man with cancer has one final request: Send him a Christmas card

Posted at 3:15 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 22:08:01-05

Dick Azzi’s final request was a simple one: Send him one last Christmas card.

The 74-year-old Arizona man was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last Spring. He’s now being cared for by Hospice of the Valley.

“My goal was to touch some people, maybe and have them touch me,” says Azzi, sitting in a wheelchair, covered in a blanket, an oxygen line helping him breathe.

His wife of 54 years, Kay, says it also gave his friends a way to reach out to Dick in his final days, “so they could feel like they were helping in however a small a way.  For Dick, it was not a small way.  It was huge, absolutely huge to him and to me because it made him happy.  And as long as it does that, gives him peace, I’m for every single care he got and will get.”

But one card in particular touched him deeply.  It was from a little boy he’d never met before.  Elliott drew him a picture of a Christmas tree and enclosed a tiny toy soldier.  Kay says they looked for but couldn’t find a last name or return address.

But adds, “Wherever you are Elliott, Thank You.”

If you’d like to send Dick Azzi a Christmas card or know how the Azzi’s can reach “Elliott”, here is their contact information:

Dick Azzi
446 East Loyola Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85282