Tim McClendon recently spent his day hanging Christmas lights for his seven-year-old daughter, Kayleigh. Purple is Kayleigh’s favorite color, and is also the color that represents Kayleigh’s fight against a life-threatening illness.
On her seventh birthday, the brave little girl from Hartselle, AL, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. For months, doctors have been trying to treat it, and now they don’t know how long she has to live.
Not only does Kayleigh have the support of her mom, dad, older brother, and older sister, but her entire community has rallied behind her.
Recently, a neighbor of the McClendons asked the family if there was anything she could do to help. Kayleigh’s mom said they were on the hunt for purple Christmas lights.
Within hours, stores were all sold out of purple lights.
In the meantime, Kayleigh is bravely fighting back against the disease as her family and community rallies behind her.
On November 2, 2016, Kayleigh’s mother wrote the following passage on Facebook:
“Since Kayleigh’s favorite color is purple, we decided to buy purple Christmas lights to decorate the outside of the house.”
“And since we already have our tree up at Kayleigh’s request, Tim decided to go ahead and start putting her exterior lights up, too.”
“I rarely get even a moment to leave Kayleigh’s side.
“She doesn’t even like it when I take a bathroom break, but tonight, I snuck out so I could check out Tim’s handiwork.”
“It looked great, but what else do I see when I go outside?”
“I see purple lights up and down the street.”
“Our neighbors have changed out their light bulbs and used purple spotlights to make our street a ‘purple out.’”
“It’s wonderful, and it made me smile.
“I hope once all of our lights are up Kayleigh might feel up to daddy carrying her outside to see them first hand.”
“Thank you for your consistent prayers. Tonight, as you pray, take a little time to marvel at the goodness of our Lord. Take time to be thankful for His infinite blessings.
“Even when things seem the darkest you can still find reasons to rejoice. And when you CHOOSE to rejoice in the storm — everything changes. I pray each one of you will choose well today.
“God is good, all the time — I promise.”
It’s incredible to know Kayleigh is surrounded by so much love and support. This is what community is all about.