WAYNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A community in Wayne is hoping that Christmas lights will lift the spirits of a young girl who has spent more days in the hospital than in school.
Lily Larue Anderson, 6, is ready for Christmas. Her home in Wayne is the brightest on the block.
She said the Christmas lights make her feel special and after so many weeks in the hospital special is what she deserves.
All she wants for Christmas?
“My boo boo gone,” she told CBS2’s Matt Kozar.
Lily’s ‘boo boo’ as she calls it is a tumor in her brain stem. Doctors say it’s inoperable and terminal.
“At one point, she was up to 25 to 30 pills a day,” her mother Barbara Anderson.
Barbara and her husband Brian say Lily is in pain and has eye problems from paralysis. Doctors gave her three to six months. That was seven months ago, and the 6-year-old is going strong, playing with her twin brother and older sister.
“That’s our goal, to keep Lily’s tumor dormant, to deactivate if if you will,” Barbara said.
Traveling back and forth the National Cancer Institute in Maryland didn’t give the Andersons much time to put up Christmas lights.
Neighbor Craig Tkaczenko, who owns a Christmas decorating company, volunteered to do it for them.
“I hope it means that she can enjoy Christmas this year and make it as bright as we can for her,” he said.
In this season of hope and second chances one little girl is hoping Santa makes her wish come true.
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