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Family Honors Late Daughter With Holiday Light Display

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 by Emily Luxen           

OLD HICKORY, Tenn. - A family is honoring their late daughter's memory by spreading holiday cheer to others, in the form of an impressive holiday lights display.

Twenty-one-month old London Henn was killed in September 2012 after her father accidentally ran her over with his pick-up truck just blocks from the family's home.

Now, about one year later, over 16,000 lights cover the Henn family home.  The display is labeled  "London's Lights."  London's father, Brad Henn, spent four weekends putting up all the lights himself.

"I wanted to encapsulate the fact that she could light up a room wherever she went," said Brad Henn, London's father.  "She had a joy and a presence about her that could lift any spirit."

Brad Henn said he has received a lot of positive feedback on the light display, and has watched as cars slow down outside the house to check it out.

"They slow down to a crawl," said Brad Henn.  "I just want it to be something everyone can enjoy."

London would have celebrated her third birthday on December 5th.  Brad Henn said he and his wife Heather still struggle with the loss of their daughter every day.  Photos of London are displayed throughout their house, and they have left her bedroom untouched.

"When you lose a child, there is no book to read, no TV program to watch and no parent who can tell you how to cope with it," said Brad Henn.  "It is something you have to process, and you have to deal with.  It's the new normal."

The lights are on every evening from 5-9 p.m. The Henn's invite everyone to come enjoy the display.

The Henn's are also collecting unwrapped Christmas gifts to deliver to cancer patients at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.  All donations can be dropped off at their home--513 Granwood Boulevard before December 15th.

The Henns plan to make the Christmas light display and the gift donations an annual tradition, and next year are aiming for 24,000 lights.

For more information you can visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Londons-Lights/484131078362156

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