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Patriots sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to boy with cancer

Courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman photo

Danny Nickerson received a birthday greeting — and some presents — from Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Saturday.

FOXBOROUGH — At the end of their training camp practice Saturday, the Patriots huddled around Foxborough resident Danny Nickerson to sing “Happy Birthday” to him.

Nickerson, who turned 6 on Friday, has an inoperable brain tumor. His family’s request for birthday cards for him in the town’s paper made it to a national and international audience, and over 100,000 cards and packages poured into the Foxborough post office.

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With cameras close by, Nickerson and his family were brought to a grassy spot near the practice fields about an hour into practice; as the session wound down, the boy and his mother were brought onto the field, where he was serenaded by the entire team, including coach Bill Belichick.

There were also several dozen police officers from area communities on hand to support Danny, all of them members of Cops For Kids With Cancer.

Former Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi, who works with the team’s strength and conditioning staff and successfully battled cancer several years ago, and his foundation held his JAF Dream Camp on Saturday, with patients getting to watch practice, meet players, and try on Andruzzi’s Super Bowl rings.

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at syoung@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.
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