For a 3-year-old girl from a community west of Boston, life changed forever last fall when her mother lost a long battle with cancer.
It was seven years ago that the girl’s mother was diagnosed with melanoma. Around the time of her daughter’s birth, the mother’s condition was stable, and she and her husband had high hopes for their future.
But those hopes were dashed just a few months ago.
“Unfortunately, her mother passed away on Sept. 1 after an extremely difficult battle,” a family friend wrote in a letter to Globe Santa. “The disease proved to be too strong and ended up leaving her daughter alone with her father here in the United States, with no other family and a very difficult financial standing.”
The little girl has made quite an impression on everyone who knows her, including the friend who penned the letter in hope that she might find presents under their Christmas tree after a traumatic year.
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