Neighborhood gathers to sing Christmas carols for child with terminal brain cancer


    Neighborhood gathers to sing Christmas carols for child with terminal brain cancer (WKRC)

    COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - The 25th of December may not seem far away, but it likely won’t get here soon enough for Brody Allen, who has a rare form of terminal brain cancer. So Thursday night, Christmas came to him.

    Most of the people who crowded along Adair Court in Colerain Township do not know the Allen family. What they do know is the power of people coming together to lift spirits.

    Michael Gabbard dressed as Santa to surprise the toddler.

    “This is the true meaning of Christmas, to show love and to be able to be a part of that has been such a blessing to me,“ said Gabbard.

    Brody’s father, Todd Allen, said, “It’s beautiful. It’s just absolutely beautiful to see the community and so many people that you don’t know coming out and wishing my son a Merry Christmas.“

    Earlier in the evening, the group gathered in a Kroger parking lot, putting on the heavy costumes in summer heat. They say it is all worth it to bring smiles to the toddler and his family members.

    Crossroads Pastor Matt Castleman said, “We’re all here gathered to pray for a miracle, to pray for hope and healing and encouragement.”

    A Christmas miracle is what they’re praying for and many more happy times for Brody.

    Todd said, “Look around you. Look at ‘Team Brody.’ People all over the world are inspired and show love and prayers.”

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