CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A neighborhood celebrates Christmas early for a 4-year-old girl fighting terminal cancer.
Families from all over a Midlothian neighborhood fill Virginia Rose's yard, because regardless of what the calendar says, Friday is Christmas Day.
Her father, Jonathan, says, "We're trying, basically, every weekend to have Christmas with her. The doctors don't think she'll make it to Christmas."
But she's proven them wrong before, and on this Christmas, they hope she'll do it again -- fighting a horrible disease with a smile and the help of her newly extended family -- a family brought together by Ed and Renee Trivisonno.
"We followed the story when she came home from St. Jude and just felt warmly for the family and wanted to show our love and support," Renee said.
On their neighborhood Facebook page, they rallied the family -- bringing them to the Deer Run shopping center to collect gifts for the family and deck out Santa's sleigh.
With family en route, and Santa in sleigh, they brought Christmas to Virginia Rose.
Ed Trivisonno said, "People in the neighborhood just saw us and came and joined in."
Young Virginia Rose stayed close to her dad's heart -- weak from the cancer physically, but never more alive.
Jonathan explains her reaction to all of the excitement: "She was tired, she just kind of wanted to cuddle daddy tonight. But she was singing it. From the distance you probably couldn't hear her but in my chest she was wording the songs with me."
The true spirit of the season buried right here in the heart of Virginia.
"She just displays such joy, such courage and strength, through what I can only imagine is going through her little body. It's inspiring to me, as her father, it makes me want to be a better dad, makes me want to be a better man, and it makes me want be a better member of my community when I see the love that's poured out to us. So yeah, it's inspiring," Jonathan said.
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