Driving through the Locke family’s neighborhood, it is easy to forget it is November, a day before Thanksgiving, and not December.



Houses glow and twinkle with Christmas lights and Santas. Reindeer and snowmen wave from yards and windows.


Driving through the Locke family’s neighborhood, it is easy to forget it is November, a day before Thanksgiving, and not December.

Houses glow and twinkle with Christmas lights and Santas. Reindeer and snowmen wave from yards and windows.

Two-year-old Dax Locke, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when he was 13 months old, loves the bright lights.

When doctors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis informed the Lockes there is nothing more they can do for Dax, neighbors rallied together, asking people to decorate for Dax so he can enjoy the holiday, because he may not make it to Christmas.

Trish Hurtgen, a friend and neighbor of the Lockes,’ organized Decorate for Dax as a way for people to show their support silently without overwhelming the family.

Now, the glow emanating from Trails Edge subdivision is growing and spreading around the world.

From San Francisco to New York City, people across the country are showing their support for Dax and his family during this difficult time.

The Web site, decoratefordax.com, has had photo submissions of Christmas decorations for Dax from Taiwan, China, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and Canada.

It is heartening to see so many people, from the community and from elsewhere, show their support for Dax and try to buoy the Lockes’ spirits. 

It is also a great reminder of the universality of difficulties people face and the ability of people to empathise with each other. Washington may be a small town in Central Illinois, but, as we have seen, one little boy can touch the hearts of people across the world.