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Can’t wait for the holidays.

Leslie Brown

As adults, we look at holidays waaay differently than we did as kids! When you think how much smaller a child’s world is, they are a BIG DEAL. The community in this story had a very special reason for throwing out the calendar this year to schedule their holidays.

Four year old Ethan Van Leuven of West Jordan, Utah has but a couple of weeks to live, and his community wanted to make the most of it for him. They celebrated Halloween on the 21st, then “sped up” to Christmas and even a parade for Ethan’s birthday too.

“Ethan’s having a blast. It’s so much fun to watch his face light up,” his mother, Jennifer Van Leuven, told the outlet.

The 4-year-old donned a Superman costume and went trick-or-treating on Tuesday. His town held a birthday parade for him on Thursday, a month prior to his actual birth date. Preparations for “Christmas,” which is scheduled for Saturday, are underway with neighbors putting up their wintry decorations, and the community will also hold a special Christmas Eve celebration on Friday.

The Van Leuvens said they are grateful for all the people who came together to make the week of festivities possible.

“It’s a really difficult time, but this just makes it a little bit easier just to see how many people love and support,” Jennifer told

While the family watches their young son enjoy these special occasions held in his honor, they said Ethan’s resilient spirit has really shown through.

“I want him to know how proud of him I am for fighting through this and, amidst of his challenge, being an example of faith and strength,” Merrill told

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