Christmas comes early for 6-year-old with rare cancer

Child dying of cancer gets to celebrate Christmas early

FRESNO, Calif. — For a 6-year-old girl from California, Christmas came early.

Arianna Jasso was diagnosed with a brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in June and was given 6 to 9 months to live, The Fresno Bee reported. She may not live long enough to celebrate Christmas in December.

So her hometown came together to have Christmas a few weeks early, KMPH reported.

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It was her wish to meet Santa and celebrate with family, and the charity Driven 2 Make Change worked with local officials to make that dream come true, KFSN reported.

The group transformed a local park into Christmastown over the weekend.

She and her family climbed into a limousine to take in the sights before Santa delivered gifts, including a pink Jeep, KMPH reported.

FILE PHOTO: A little girl in California is battling a brain tumor, so her community came together to have an early Christmas.
FILE PHOTO: A little girl in California is battling a brain tumor, so her community came together to have an early Christmas. (Susan Walker/Getty Images)