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11/28/2014 10:25 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Neighbor Hangs Holiday Lights On Terminally Sick Girl's Home, Brightens Her Spirits

This friendly neighbor did something beautiful just to see a little girl's face light up.

Lily LaRue Anderson, 6, of Wayne, New Jersey, was diagnosed in May with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a type of brain tumor, which her doctors say is inoperable, according to her fundraising page. While Lily has shattered expectations and lived longer than her doctors' initial estimates, much of that time has been spent in the hospital, CBS New York reported.

Her big-hearted neighbor, Craig Tkaczenko, who owns a Christmas decorating company, recently volunteered to adorn the 6-year-old's house with spectacular lights. Last week, a ceremony was held at Lily's residence, and the entire community came out to watch her light her home.

"I hope it means that she can enjoy Christmas this year and make it as bright as we can for her," Tkaczenko told CBS of his act of kindness for Lily.

First-graders, teachers, friends and family came out to support Lily on the magical night, according to her Facebook page. The 6-year-old told CBS that the surprise delighted her, and she wasn't the only one. Her family was overjoyed by the gesture and the outpouring of love they received.

"This most perfect light and moment ... Thank you," Lily's family wrote on her Facebook page after the lighting ceremony.

To learn more about Lily, or donate toward her medical expenses, visit her fundraising page here.

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