If you were driving down a suburban street outside of Cincinnati last weekend, you might just think the entire town had gone crazy: Lights hung from the houses, candy canes and inflatable snowmen stood in the yards, and there was even a parade with families throwing candy out of the backs of their trucks.
But no, the people of Colerain Township in Ohio hadn’t forgotten that Christmas was still three months away. They just decided to celebrate it early for a terminally ill little boy.
Doctors discovered last month that 2-year-old Brody Allen’s brain cancer had spread, and given his young age, there was little they could do in the way of treatment. He probably has another month to live.
Then one particularly rough evening after the diagnosis, Brody’s dad played a video of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for his sick son.
“He actually fell asleep, and it calmed him,” said Dad. “Watching him enjoy that moment, I was like, ‘OK bud, we’re gonna do Christmas!'”
With the help of their neighborhood, the Allen family managed to give Brody an incredibly special day. Neighbors stood in their yards holding signs and wearing Santa hats as the family rode in an adorable parade.
When Brody’s dad was asked, “What has this all done for you all as a family?” the answer was absolutely perfect:
“It’s renewed my faith in humanity and people.”
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