How A 2-Year-Old Diagnosed With Terminal Brain Cancer Got An Early Christmas Present

"I love seeing the joy in his eyes."

Brody Allen was mesmerized last year by Christmas magic and festivities, and especially by Christmas lights. Unfortunately, he might not live to see Christmas 2018. The 2-year-old was diagnosed with a very rare form of brain cancer, embryonal tumor with multilayered rosettes (ETMR), on May 5. He spent 98 days in the hospital fighting to beat four tumors (one on the spine and three on the brain) with the strongest chemotherapy. Sadly, the Team Brody Facebook page reports that they found out the treatment wasn't working. The Ohio boy was given a prognosis of two months left.


Brody's family is committed to "making the very best of boy's time" and wanted to ensure he got a memorable Christmas experience this year after last year's resonated so much.

Given the time of year, the stores are mostly filled with fall and Halloween decorations, so the Allens posted a request online asking those who lived nearby if they could supply Christmas decorations.

Shilo Allen, Brody's mom, explained to Babble, "Knowing he wouldn't make it to see everything, we decided to bring Christmas to him."

The family fully intended to pay for the decorations lent by their neighbors. What they didn't anticipate was the response from the community. When the town heard what was going on, citizens rallied together to create a magical moment for Brody, complete with snow, lights, and gifts.

Instead of simply donating decorations, people are sending flowers, gingerbread cookies, and gifts. Neighbors are also getting into the spirit by decorating their houses with Christmas lights and snowflakes. There was even a surprise holiday parade, complete with Santa Claus and superheroes.

That's not all. According to WCPO, the family planned to have private Christmas and Christmas Eve celebrations.

Scroll down to see some of the photos from the jolly festivities:

The Allens recently took to Facebook to thank people for their outpouring of support. They wrote, "Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this such a very special Christmas. Brody's received so many presents that he was able to open up some last night and some this morning." 

"We feel so blessed and happy to have each and every one of you in our lives especially during this time."

"For once, we're not focusing on fear of what might be next and instead we're laughing and focusing on this beautiful moment we will remember for the rest of our lives."

"It is really hard, but I love seeing the joy in his eyes," the Allen matriarch told the New York Times. "We did it to make him happy."

The intention of the early Christmas celebration might have been for Brody, but it has brought a stronger sense of community and given everyone involved fantastic memories. 

The mood is extending beyond the community with people from around the world sending cards. So far, the family has received more than 100 Christmas cards from places as far as Germany and Australia. It shows people always have Christmas spirit regardless of the time of year.

Merry Christmas, Brody!

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