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Sean O'Connor sits with his uncle, Scott Widak, surrounded by boxes of mail. (Courtesy of the Widak family)
Sean O'Connor sits with his uncle, Scott Widak, surrounded by boxes of mail. (Courtesy of the Widak family)

Scott Widak had a smile for everyone and an open heart.

When he became terminally ill, his nephew took to Reddit, asking the online community to send letters to his uncle with Down syndrome and listing some of his eclectic interests.

Scott's story resonated around the world, with hundreds and hundreds of letters coming in, each recognizing something special about Scott that had resonated with the sender.

Widak's nephew, Sean O'Connor, and Widak's mother, Statia remember Scott in this conversation with producers Michael May and Lisa Tobin of Here & Now contributing station, WBUR.

The story is part of a WBUR radio series, Kind World, which features stories of kindness and the profound effect a small act can have.

This segment aired on December 27, 2013.

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