Terminal cancer boy who wanted one last Christmas gets his wish as whole town starts festive season early

1 November 2013
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Some of the Christmas decorations which have decked out in Port Clinton for terminal Devin Kohlman. (Fox Toledo)

A terminally-ill youngster given weeks to live has had his wish of one more Christmas fulfilled - after his local town celebrated the festive season almost two months early.

Devin Kohlman, 13, has been battling brain cancer for more than a year, with his family told he may not survive beyond next month.

And with the youngster hoping to see one more Christmas, residents in Port Clinton, Ohio, decked out the streets with decorations and sang carols to grant Devin his festive wish.

Rather than dress for Halloween this week, thousands in Port Clinton banded together to decorate the streets of Devin's town with snowmen, fake snow and Christmas lights.

Hundreds also gathered outside Devin's home this week dressed in Santa hats to sing 'Jingle Bells' and 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas' to the cancer-stricken teen.

Several tons of shaved ice was used to mimic drifting snow outside his window, as people -- many of them strangers -- stood outside his home with candles in hand.

The crowd said a prayer for Devin before Santa and an elf arrived to help cheer the dying youngster.

Since the weekend, dozens of volunteers have been decorating a park near Devin's home with reindeer, snowmen and holiday lights so he can enjoy the scene from his window.

Devin was released from hospital in Cincinati on Sunday so he could spend the next few weeks with his family.

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He is not expected to live for more than a few weeks after doctors told him his chemotherapy isn't working against his aggressive form of brain cancer.

Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone said he was 'overwhelmed' by the response of the community.

He said: 'We wanted to make sure that [Devin] knew he had the support of his community – that we really cared about him.

'We are not unique to any other small town. I think in small towns you always have that closeness, everyone pretty much knows each other.'

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