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Superheroes to give terminally ill cancer patient a Christmas surprise

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One superhero in our area is doing something special for a man who has just months left to live.

David Johnston lives in Kanawha County and teamed up with his friend, James Fipps, who lives in Missouri.

The men are part of the Cosplay community, made up of millions of people across the world who bring fictional characters to life.

Earlier this month, the duo started a Christmas cards project for 55-year-old Dennis Basler. Basler suffers from mental and physical disabilities and was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. This might be his last Christmas, and Johnston and Fipps wanted to do something unique for him.

Basler is a huge superhero and comic book fan.

With what started as a Facebook post, they reached out to their fellow Cosplay friends and asked them to send in-character Christmas cards to Basler. The response has been tremendous, with people reaching out from as far away as Turkey and Japan.

"It's the right thing to do. If you can take and change one person's life and make it better, why not?" said Johnston.

From YouTube videos, to personalized greeting cards and superhero memorabilia, Johnston said he can't wait for Basler to receive the gifts.

Basler's story has been picked up by international media outlets. Star Trek's William Shatner also acknowledged the project on Twitter.

Fipps said he will hand-deliver the Christmas cards to Basler next week. Christmas cards can be sent to: Dennis c/o James Fipps, 40 Matchlock Dr., St Peters, MO, 63376.

Click here to learn more about Basler and to connect with Johnston on Facebook.

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