The calendar may say August, but for two-yearold Lilee-Jean Putt, Aug. 24 was the perfect Christmas, complete with Santa Claus, carolling and even snow.
The tiny toddler is struggling with terminal Glioblastoma, an inoperable brain cancer. With Lilee-Jean getting weaker, her parents have tried to give her holiday thrills during the summer.
On Saturday, that meant waking up to snow courtesy of the Chilliwack Chiefs and spending the rest of the day living life like it was Dec. 25.
That evening featured a band of carollers who stopped by Lilee-Jean's house, bearing gifts and singing holiday tunes.
"It was very heartwarming," said Michelle Creedy, who organized the carollers.
"She had a great time; she was dancing to the music."
But an even bigger thrill was still to come.
"Santa arrived and her little eyes just lit up," Creedy
said. "She loves Santa."
While Creedy expected an undertone of sadness, she
said the community rallied and made the event fun and positive.
"It was wonderful," she said.
August has been a busy one for Lilee-Jean. Earlier this month, her neighbourhood put on an early trickor-treat Halloween for the little girl.
Residents decorated their homes and handed out candy to dozens of dressed-up kids and adults walking the streets along side Lilee-Jean.
"No one had to dress up, or pull out their decorations three months early," her mother Carolyn wrote on her blog. "No one had to do anything; all I asked was to hand out some chocolate I provided. And yet, these strangers, my neighbours, gave Lilee the gift of a true Halloween."
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