Christmas display honors child lost to cancer

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FARMINGTON, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – People from around the world, and community of Farmington donated Christmas decorations to comfort family who lost 18 month old child to brain cancer. Neighbors put up the display just in time for Elora Horsley to see it.

Elora was diagnosed in September, but doctors thought she had at least six months to live. Neighbor began planning to put up a Christmas display in Heritage Park to help show support for the family.

Just before Thanksgiving doctors discovered the cancer had spread throughout her body and Elora only had 10 days to live.

Neighbors like Julie Miller said once they heard that news everyone worked double time to get the display up.

“So we just decided to go full blast,” said Miller. “Try to do as much as we could to make the lights as bright as possible to show the Hrosleys that we love them.”

Several people donated money while people from around the world donated more than 60 inflatable lawn displays.

Elora and her family were able to see the display last Tuesday, but three days later she passed away. Miller said it’s been hard to see their friends and neighbors go through this.

“It’s been heartbreaking,” said Miller. “Nobody wants to lose a child and no body wants to lose a child at Christmas time.”

Chris Miller said he was blown away by the outpouring of support from those who helped and donated time or money. He said the display was about making sure their neighbors felt the love and holiday spirit.

“Even if they could forget about things for 30 seconds, all of this work would have been worth it,” said Chris.

The display will stay up through the holidays, and neighbors hope to put it up in Elora’s memory in the years to come.

Friends have also set up a GoFundMe account to help the family pay for medical expenses and her funeral.

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