Brody Allen, 2-year-old with terminal brain cancer, passes away
CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRC) - Brody Allen, the 2-year-old boy who captured the community with a joyful Christmas spirit in September, passed away on Friday morning from brain cancer.
Todd Allen, Brody's father, announced Brody's passing in the Team Brody Facebook page shortly after 11:30 on Friday morning. According to Allen, Brody passed away "quietly and peacefully in the arms of his mother Shilo."
"He did not suffer," the post continued. "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. Today, heaven welcomed home our little super hero. Fly high little man. Until we see you again. We love you."
In August, doctors gave Brody two months to live. What started as a request to give a 2-year-old one last Christmas exploded into something so much more.
When Local 12 first met Brody, Christmas decorations were going up at his house on Adair Court. It started with a simple Facebook post for help with decorations. In a matter of days, snowmen, reindeer and the lights were up.
Mail from all over the world came too. Each day there was more mail than the day before.
"To have so many people across the world reach out to my son and to tell him 'Merry Christmas,' 'We love you,' 'We're thinking about you,' it's just the greatest gift that I, as a father, could never give him," said Todd.
Brody made national headlines after much of the Greater Cincinnati community joined in an early Christmas celebration.
Weekend after weekend fundraisers were held for the Allens. Brody even met Santa, or, as he calls him, Ho Ho.
Brody got a Christmas parade in Colerain Township too. Thousands came to support him.
If you were lucky enough to meet Brody and spend time with the Allen family, you'll no doubt forever cherish that moment.
In just a few months, Brody gave us a gift: He showed us the true meaning of community. He taught us how to be kind to each other.
The Colerain Township Police Department released a statement on Brody's passing, saying "It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brody Allen. 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."
The department also said that a memorial location has been established for those wanting a place of reflection and memorial at the Drew Campbell Memorial Park, next to the administrative building at 4200 Springdale Road. All items left at the memorial will be given to the Allen family.
Funeral services and arrangements are being finalized and will occur next week. In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations can be made to the official Brody Allen GoFundMe page, HERE.