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Tyler's story spreads through social media

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A giant flag is set up at Wright's Farm in Burrillville for the birthday celebration of Tyler Seddon, Thursday, March 6, 2014. A giant flag is set up at Wright's Farm in Burrillville for the birthday celebration of Tyler Seddon, Thursday, March 6, 2014.
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. -

From Twitter hashtags to Facebook pages, Tyler Seddon's birthday celebration Thursday in Burrillville became an international phenomenon.

"We've gotten stuff from Australia. We've gotten stuff from Italy. We've gotten stuff from everywhere," said his mother, Rachel Seddon. "It's incredible."

Certainly, Tyler's family didn't send party invitations around the world. Word spread through social media that this 7-year-old boy battling leukemia idolizes first responders.

"Amazing that that kind of information spreads so quickly and they're able to get involved even though they're not here," said Cpl. Mike McCann of the Delaware State Police.

"It's so powerful. I think what's more powerful is EMS - the brotherhood and sisterhood - and we got together like we do every day in the field and it's just amazing to see everybody here," Ashley Falvey of EasCare Worcester.

And those that couldn't attend in person sent Tyler birthday wishes through social media. The Los Angeles Police Department produced a video and posted it on YouTube.

The outpouring of support was incredible, especially for those first responders who share another personal connection to Tyler.

"Cancer runs deep in my family and any time you hear a little boy fighting for cancer, you want to do everything you can. And even though we don't know him, we wanted to be here," said Kelin Aguilar of EasCare Worcester.

"It hits home very close for us because going through all the treatment and stuff we know what it feels like and also personally I feel a closer connection with him and also his family," said Trooper David Huynh of the Delaware State Police.

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