Volunteers turn Meridian home into a winter wonderland after doctors give child a year to live

MERIDIAN, Idaho - More than 20 volunteers spent part of their Sunday working to get the Abernathy home in Meridian one step closer to Christmas. The volunteers strung up hundreds of red and white Christmas lights and holiday decorations, all so young Addie Abernathy will have a Christmas she'll never forget because this one could be her last.

"It's the Christmas season," said Michelle Borgman who came out to volunteer, "It should be a season of joy, not thinking about losing your child."

Addie has been fighting cancer and after 40 weeks of chemotherapy, doctors thought she was in the clear. But just days ago they discovered the cancer has returned. Doctors now believe she has less than a year to live. When she saw the Christmas lights, Addie was in awe. 

"I have four kids of my own so I couldn't imagine that for a father it be tough to know that she has limited time to spend with her family," said volunteer Jason Brown. 

The community now doing everything they can for the Abernathy family. Addie's aunt asked for help with Christmas lights on social media and volunteers responded. In total, the volunteers spent $900 dollars transforming the home into a winter wonderland. A small price to pay for bringing the spirit of Christmas to a little girl and her family. 

"Lights kind of bring that magic and joy to Christmas, hopefully, we can bring some magic into her holiday season," said Brown.

Addie's family says they'll soon be undergoing more tests and exploring their available options. You can support Addie and her journey by following them on Facebook

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