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Friday has arrived. 

Christmas cards for Kayden

The mom of 3-year-old "K.O." Kayden Chaffin, of Noble, has a simple request: Send Christmas cards. 

The Oklahoman interviewed Kayden's mom Amanda Chaffin, 25, who talked about her son's love of nature, bright colors and watching drag cars race. She also explained that Kayden has a rare disease. 

Kayden Chaffin suffers from spinal muscular atrophy type I, also called Werdnig-Hoffmann disease. According to the organization Cure SMA, the disease causes physical challenges like muscle weakness and difficulty coughing and swallowing, but mental faculties remain sharp.

Kayden Owen Chaffin gained the name "K.O." because he is a fighter, said his mom.

Read more about the family's request for Christmas cards. Look for a story on how that request has been going this weekend in The Oklahoman!

You can also catch up with Kayden and fam on his Facebook page.

Kayden Chaffin takes a picture at his home in Noble, Okla., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Chaffin has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic illness and his family collects Christmas cards for him. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kayden Chaffin takes a picture at his home in Noble, Okla., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Chaffin has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic illness and his family collects Christmas cards for him. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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Kayden Chaffin takes a picture at his home in Noble, Okla., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Chaffin has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic illness and his family collects Christmas cards for him. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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Juliana Keeping

Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›

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