A Town Is Throwing An Early XMas For Terminally Ill Boy
An entire town is getting their Christmas decorations out early for a little boy who is terminally ill.
Christmas is certainly coming early for 7-year-old Evan Wellwood, who has been battling brain cancer for most of his life, and it's all thanks to his town of St. George, Ontario.
He has been battling a brain tumour for the past five years, but his doctor told his mother he might not make it to the winter holidays as the tumour had grown.
Evan's mum, Shelley Wellwood, decided to throw an early celebration on October 24, but some of the family had an even bigger idea.
They created a Facebook event and a crowdfunding campaign for the event.
It now has 3,200 attendees and has raised over $14,800 - that smashed their original goal of $1,500.
This coming Saturday, Evan will be treated to a parade and a special dinner, with homes and stores across the town displaying their Christmas decorations early.
"There are no words to describe it," Shelly told CBC Radio's Metro Morning.
"Evan has always had a lot of people supporting him and praying for him, but now that whole family behind [him] is just growing. People are reaching out that don't live in St. George, it's just truly amazing. At the end of the day, it's all these people, their messages, the hope I'm getting from it — that's honestly what is keeping me going."
So sing a Christmas Carol for Evan this Saturday.