Canadian town celebrates Christmas in October for ill boy

Canadian town celebrates Christmas in October for terminally ill boy who may not live to celebrate Christmas Day

Photo by: Facebook
Photo by: Facebook

People gathering to prepare their homes with lights to celebrate Christmas early for Evan Leversage.

As Evan Leversage may not live to see Christmas, people in the town of St George in Ontario in Canada and supporters around the world will celebrate Christmas with him early on Saturday.

Seven year old Evan was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour when he was two years old and after undergoing several courses of treatment and chemotherapy doctors told his family that there was nothing more they could do.

The sad news brought about a Facebook campaign by a group named Christmas in St. George, calling on local residents to show support for their "littlest hero." Almost 3,000 people have joined the group.

The support has not been limited to the town of St George. Well-wishes from around the world are sending their Christimas blessings to Evan's family using the #lightsonforevan hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.

Residents of the town, near Hamilton in Ontario, have prepared their houses with festive lights earlier than usual, while musicians and volunteers have come together to organise a Christmas parade.

Nicole Wellwood, the boys’ mother, told CBC News she had been overwhelmed by the response.

"Everywhere you look it's Christmas - it's more than I could have imagined," she said.

"Evan’s been phenomenal through it all. He wants to make everyone happy. In my eyes, he's a hero. He never complained of any pain. He persevered through this whole thing."

Ms Wellwood said that when her son asked her why the whole of St George was decorated for Christmas, she replied, "Because you have a whole town that loves you."

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