COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Brody Allen, the 2-year-old boy for whom a town in Ohio rallied to give an early Christmas this year, has died.
Brody's father, Todd Allen, posted the news on Facebook on Friday.
"This morning at 6 a.m. Brody passed quietly, and peacefully in the arms of his mother Shilo," he wrote. "He did not suffer. He was surrounded by his family and I have no doubt many angels. While our sadness is immeasurable and we will miss his smiling beautiful soul, we are also comforted in knowing that today our son has touched the face of God."
Doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital gave Brody just two months to live following a diagnosis of brain cancer this year.
Brody's family knew they would have to change their holiday plans, so they celebrated Christmas in September.
"Give him the best, most amazing Christmas we could possibly give him," said Todd.
The spirit of the season has been catching on with neighbors, friends and strangers, who donated Christmas decor, Christmas card, and gifts.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Colerain Township to put on a Christmas parade. Neighbors decorated their homes, and Brody got to ride in a float in the parade.
"He was so happy, Brody’s sister, McKenzie Allen, said that day. "It was amazing. Not just for him, but for everybody."
"It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brody Allen," police said in a news release. "Brody captured our attention and love over the past few months as he and his family bravely battled the disease that has ultimately taken his life."
According to police, services for Brody will happen at the end of next week. They said donations to the family can be made to the official Brody Allen GoFundMe page.
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