Neighborhood speeds up holidays for dying boy

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WEST JORDAN, Utah-- Strangers walking through one Salt Lake City neighborhood in Utah might have wondered what holiday this community was celebrating. Some folks were decking the halls, while others prepared for Hallow's eve, but to the people living in that neighborhood, there was no confusion because  the holiday overload was all for Ethan Van Leuven, 4.

At 22 months old, little Ethan was diagnosed with acute  lymphoblastic leukemia. Unfortunately, after years of treatment doctors said his fight was ending.

Knowing time was running out, Ethan’s family wanted their last days with him to be filled with joy. So, they devoted a week to celebrate all the major holidays for Ethan to enjoy, before they had to say goodbye.

Every day was a different holiday. First was Halloween, then Christmas and lastly Ethan’s 5th Birthday. Sadly, Ethan died a few days after the week of festivities ended.

But, thanks to Ethan’s loving neighbors, his family has comfort knowing Ethan’s last moments were his happiest.


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