Community celebrates Christmas early for NC girl with terminal cancer


CAMERON, NC (WNCN) — A North Carolina community came together to give a 5-year-old with terminal brain cancer a Christmas celebration seven months before the holiday.

“She loves getting presents. She loves the pretty decorations and the tree,” said mother Nadine Haskin.

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Her daughter Ila has Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma.

“As a parent, it’s probably the hardest thing you can have your child go through,” said Cameron resident Juan Felix.

There was caroling, lights, a parade, presents, and more — all to give Ila smiles and memories.

“The community coming together has honestly made all of this a little bit easier,” Haskins said.