2-year-old boy feted by town with early Christmas dies of brain cancer
Brody was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer in August and the doctors informed the family he had just two months to live after he was discharged from the hospital
The 2-year-old boy for whom an entire town celebrated Christmas early in September reportedly died Friday, according to his father. The child, Brody Allen, was diagnosed with Embryonal Tumor with Multilayered Rosettes and was battling the fast-growing brain and spinal cord cancer for months.
Brody was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer in August and the doctors informed the family he had had just two months to live after he was discharged from the hospital. He had reportedly spent 98 days in doctors' care. Ever since the family was given a timeline by medical experts, they have dedicated every day to Brody and tried to shower as much happiness as possible on the little boy, which included celebrating Christmas - their favorite holiday - early with their child, reports stated.
.@BUnderwoodWKRC here on his day off to write a tribute to little Brody Allen who passed away today after his battle with brain cancer. Journalists are people, too. We DO care. Brad is here because he cared for that 2-year-old and the little boy’s family. #RIPBRODY pic.twitter.com/8UYjL4gxdT— Angela Ingram (@NewsLaw1) October 19, 2018
After the neighbors in the family's Cincinnati home spotted the Christmas decorations in their yard, they too decided to join in the celebration and decorated their own yards with candy canes and lights. Brody's father, Todd Allen, took to Facebook Sunday to announce the 2-year-old's death. He wrote: "This morning at 6 a.m. Brody passed quietly, and peacefully, in the arms of his mother Shilo. He did not suffer. He was surrounded by his family and I have no doubt many angels.”
"While our sadness is immeasurable and we will miss his smiling beautiful soul, we are also comforted in knowing that today our son has touched the face of God," the father added. Brody also served as grand marshal for a neighborhood Christmas parade, which was attended by hundreds of people.
"He was so happy," Brody's sister, McKenzie Allen, said the day of the parade, according to WCPO-TV. "It was amazing. Not just for him, but for everybody." The family's neighbors had also set up a GoFundMe page to assist the boy, and his parents financially. Todd, who is a truck driver, reportedly had not worked ever since his little boy was diagnosed with the tumor.