Hartselle neighborhood gives purple Christmas to little girl fighting terminal cancer

Updated: Nov. 4, 2016 at 10:28 PM CDT
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HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) - Some might say it's a little early for Christmas decorations to go up. But one Hartselle family begs to differ, and their Christmas colors come with a twist.

The holidays have arrived for Tim McClendon. He's putting up his Christmas decorations a little early at the request of his daughter. But 7-year-old Kayleigh didn't want to see the traditional red and green. She wanted purple.

Purple is more than her favorite color. It holds a great significance for the McClendons. It's the color that represents Kayleigh's fight with terminal brain cancer.

"This particular week, we were given some news from the nurses. Basically, they don't know how long she has to live," said McClendon.

Kayleigh was diagnosed with a brain tumor on her seventh birthday. Doctors have been trying to treat it for months.

"For a 7-year-old she's been tough through all of it. Pokes and prods and tests, and she did every single MRI and CT without sedation. And even for adults, that's a huge deal," said McClendon. "It blows me away, the beginning the support we've had around us."

Her light of hope has spread throughout her entire neighborhood. Nearly every house on the block now has put up purple lights in support of Kayleigh.

"I think they'll know, before they get here, they'll know, OK, we're on Kayleigh's street," said McClendon.

A neighbor, Melissa Miller, said she when she asked if there was anything she could do, Kayleigh's mother said they're looking for purple lights.

And I was like, 'Can we put up purple lights?' and they said that would be fantastic," Miller said.

In a matter of hours, local stores had run out of purple lights.

"All the neighbors had hit up Lowe's and Home Depot, so they didn't have anything," said Miller.

Kayleigh hasn't felt well enough to be outside to see the purple lights, but her father says she caught a glimpse out the window and was overjoyed.

The entire neighborhood has rallied around her and given her the purple Christmas she's always dreamed of.

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