At only seven years old, Evan Wellwood has already endured more than his share of hardships. Since the age of two, he's been fighting an inoperable brain tumor (WGN). That's why when his small town of St. George, Ontario found out that the tumor has grown and he might not live to see December, they stepped into action and brought him Christmas in October!
The town only has a population of 3,000 people, but over 7,000 people were there on October 24th, 2015 to celebrate Christmas with Evan. Festivities included decorations, a parade and even fake snow right on Evan's yard (CBC).
Evan's town proves that when a community comes together to make a difference, the results are like magic. Another town that deserves attention is Hood River, Oregon. They banded together to throw cancer patient Lila May a truly unforgettable 5th birthday party.
Lila May's mom made a Facebook post that quickly spread. "People from all over Oregon, Washington, and California started donating things so that Lila May could have the birthday she always wanted," said close family friend, Jenny Brown Lorenzen (People).
While climbing Mt. Bierstadt to Mt. Evans in Colorado, strangers came across an abandoned German shepherd. Armed with a backpack and first aid supplies, the group carried the hundred-pound pooch (named Missy) down the mountain (Good News Network).
Thank goodness they found her when they did because soon after she was carried down the mountain, a huge snow storm hit. Missy's life was saved thanks to these strangers, with the help of the Colorado group Animal Help Now.
On the left is Josh Cyganik, a track inspector who works in Pendleton, Oregon. On the right is Leonard Bullock, a 75-year-old man whose house is across the street from the Union Pacific main line. Cyganik never spoke to Bullock, but waved to him every morning while he did his job. It took a cruel comment by a couple of teenagers to build a friendship.
Josh Cyganik overheard two teenagers comment on the old man's house, saying that it was in such terrible shape that it should just be burned. Cyanic told Up.com, "I saw the look on Leonard's face. I could tell the comment bothered him."
In Bethlehem, New Hampshire, Principal Courtney Vashaw is a treasure among her students at Profile Junior-Senior High School. She works hard to teach her students the importance of helping others. That's why, when she was diagnosed with cancer, her students knew they had to do something.
Every year, the seniors have a class trip. They work hard throughout their high school career to raise money so that they can spend four unforgettable days bonding with their fellow classmates. But when they found out about Principal Vashaw's cancer diagnosis, the vote was unanimous: Skip the trip and use the money (over $8000) towards her cancer treatment. The video of Vashaw receiving the news is absolutely heartwarming and just goes to show you that a little compassion can go a long way.