An Army veteran at the St. Cloud VA Hospital is dying of cancer and has taken out an ad in the paper asking strangers to send him letters.

James Wiitamaki took out the ad unbeknownst to family members, according to his great niece's Facebook post. As of Tuesday morning, the post had been shared 1,004 times.

Those wishing to send letters can address them to:

James Wiitamaki 
VA Medical Center, B51-2
4801 Veterans Drive 
St. Cloud, MN 56303