October 26 2015, New Zealand
A town in Canada held Christmas in October for a very special reason: a little boy named Evan.
When mother of seven-year-old Evan Leversage, Nicole Wellwood, was told her son’s brain tumour wasn’t responding to treatment, doctors suggested they celebrate Christmas early this year.
Asking family members if they could bring Christmas forward this year, Nicole’s cousin did more than that.
Shelly Wellwood set up a Facebook page and Go Fund Me page to rally donations and support for Evan.
Family members handed out fliers to residents of Wellwood’s town, St. George, Ontario, Canada, who put decorations up in celebration of “Evan’s last Christmas”.
CBC News says hundreds of houses are decorated for Evan, and last Saturday a parade was organised for Evan.
“You look out our front window, the entire street is lit up,” said Wellwood, a mother of three.
“Everywhere you look it’s Christmas. It’s more than I could have imagined.
“When Evan looks out his window, the backyard is decorated and there’s a sign saying ‘Merry Christmas.’”
Evan was diagnosed with cancer just before he turned two years old.
Several rounds of chemotherapy later, Evan seemed to be well.
CBC News said: “On January, he began losing mobility in his arm and leg. An MRI revealed a tumour.”
Evan underwent more chemotherapy, but in July his family were told the tumour had spread.
Describing the parade, one Facebook commenter wrote: “It was raining, cold and windy all day, however just before the parade starts the rain stops, a warm breeze comes in time for the parade. Evan closes out the parade riding with Mrs and Mr Claus . After they pass and close the parade the wind picks up and a torrential down pour begins…. Just saying….”
Hundreds of people from around the world have posted on the Christmas in St George Facebook page wishing Evan a Merry Christmas.
Facebook commenter, Ashley Agar, wrote that Evan truly believed Saturday was Christmas, “which is exactly what Nicole Wellwood wanted to give him. He’s in awe.”
“This parade was for Evan, but it’s not only about him. It’s about the thousands of children that leave those families before Christmas each year. It is about bringing the world together to love and support one another, even if it’s with a simple smile,” Agar wrote.
“We are grateful for everyone, near and far. You have all helped create a tidal wave of love, that will never be forgotten.”