Shortly before Emma's fourth birthday, she began experiencing difficulty breathing. Concerned, her mother took her to the pediatrician only to be told that Emma had the croup, a common childhood illness.
Two weeks later, Emma's family spent the day at a local zoo, which was one of Emma's favorite places. But soon after they left, Emma started to make horrible wheezing noises and she began to gasp for air. Unable to catch her breath, Emma passed out. On the side of the road, Emma’s worried parents leapt to action. Emma's dad called 911 and her mom performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.
At a local hospital, a CT scan revealed devastating news: There was a mass invading Emma's throat and chest. The mass had collapsed her windpipe and was on the verge of collapsing the main artery to her brain. Without a minute to spare, Emma was put on a ventilator and air lifted to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
This song is inspired by the true story of the Locke family and their son Dax.
At just thirteen months old, little Dax was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. He was given two bone marrow transplants as a part of emergency treatment; one from each of his parents. The doctors then told his parents that Dax would most likely not make it to see Christmas.
This song is about the love of a family, and the coming together of an entire community to make sure that this little boy could have one last Christmas. His dad, determined that his son would see Christmas, put up the decorations early. The neighborhood caught on, and did the same. The whole town soon followed suit. A website was built telling his story. Soon, pictures were sent from all over the world of Christmas decorations that had been put up in his honor.
Dax did lose his battle with Leukemia, but not before he got to see one last Christmas. Today, this little boy's legacy lives on, and his parents are making sure it does. They were so touched by the care they received from St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, that they now have a desire to raise enough money to run the entire hospital for one day in honor of their son, Dax. The total cost to run St. Jude's for one day is $1.6 million dollars. Already, they have raised a quarter of a million dollars.
This Christmas, it is on my heart to join forces with the Locke family, and help them in their cause. I would like to encourage you to join us in raising money that will go to an amazing cause in St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital that cares for so many children each year.
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