Christmas Comes Early For 4-Year-Old Battling Cancer

Posted at 6:27 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 19:27:59-04

In the middle of October, a home was draped in Christmas lights and holiday cheer in order to bring the joy of Christmas to a 4-year-old battling cancer, granting one of his last wishes.

"He was just recently adopted from Haiti and has never experienced Christmas," said Shelley Freeman with Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee.

Rachel and Aaron White adopted Ferlando back in the Spring.

The 4-year-old was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, and has always wanted to experience Christmas. That's why Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee wanted to make that dream come true.

"We're trying to give him that warm fuzzy feeling that Christmas morning brings," said Freeman.

No Christmas is complete without a Christmas tree, and stockings hanging from the fireplace. But the family wasn't the only home to celebrate an early Christmas with Ferlando.

"As a community feel that this neighborhood has, even the neighbors put their lights up. So if you're here in the evening, you see their house all lit up, but you also see the neighbors houses lit up as well," said Freeman.

It was a wish everyone was in on, and a wish that little Ferlando won't soon forget.

There are still 160 other kids hoping to have their wishes granted here in Middle Tennessee. Make-A-Wish does not receive government funding.

Head to the Make-A-Wish website to help make another child's wish come true.