Magoffin County Boy Trying to Set Record Dies

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SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A 9-year-old eastern Kentucky boy who received hundreds of thousands of Christmas cards in a quest to set a record has died.

The Magoffin County Funeral Home says Dalton Dingus of White Oak died Saturday at Bluegrass Hospice Center in Hazard.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Dingus was in stage 4 of cystic fibrosis, when a neighbor posted a request on Facebook to send him Christmas cards. The child's grandfather says the boy received about 800,000 cards from around the world.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.

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