COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Today, friends and family of 2-year-old Brody Allen are gathering at First Church of Christ in Burlington, Kentucky, for his visitation and funeral.
Brody died on Friday, October, 19, after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Doctors told the Allen family Brody's type of cancer would render him unable to crawl, and he would more than likely not see Christmas.
Knowing this, the Allen family decided to move the holiday up and celebrated it early with lights, ornaments and presents.
When their neighbors heard about Brody though, their neighbors decided to decorate the whole street for Christmas and throw a party for Brody with a parade, Santa Claus and fireworks.
"He was so happy," Brody’s sister, McKenzie Allen, said that day. "It was amazing. Not just for him, but for everybody."
The visitation for Brody will be open to the public and a short public service will follow starting around noon.
Todd Allen, Brody's father, has asked that instead of sending flowers, that people donate a small toy or book to a child at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
“Children’s Hospital has played an amazing part of our life the past six months for Brody, and we’d like to give back to all of those kids who are unable to leave the hospital,” Todd Allen said.