Evan Wellwood, a 7-year-old boy from St. George, Ontario, is fighting a battle no child should, but far too many do. For the last five years, the vast majority of his life, he has battled brain cancer. And now, he has been told by his doctors that his tumor has grown and he is not likely to make it to Christmas.
And while it is sure to be a bittersweet occasion, his town is doing something extraordinary by celebrating Christmas on October 24. It was his mom, Shelly Wellwood’s, idea to celebrate early as a family — but other members of his family took it to the next level by spreading the word via fliers, social media, and a crowdfunding campaign to get the message out about “Early Christmas in St. George.”
All over town, houses are decked out in Christmas lights and stores have hung signs that read, “Merry Christmas, Evan!” And tomorrow, Evan will be the guest of honor for a special dinner and even a parade.
“There are no words to describe it,” Shelly told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, according to Mashable. “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.”
It’s important to remember that though Christmas is a time that should be filled with love and laughter, hot cocoa and twinkle lights, mistletoe and ornaments, the sad meaning behind this late-October Christmas is a reminder to all of us just how much we have to be grateful for. It is lovely to see a town gather around to support one little boy and his heartbroken family, but not under such devastating circumstances.
Our thoughts are with Evan and his family, and we wish them a magical, merry Christmas.