MOUNT LAUREL, NJ (CBS) — The Phillies and the South Jersey community came together to give a young boy and his family a holiday to remember Thursday night.
Aaron Klein is 4 years old and battling brain cancer.
He had no idea that his community and the Phillies had planned a “winter wonderland” show for him and his family.
It started with a knock on the family’s door, leading to a night of lights, holiday music, and a visit from the Phillie Phanatic.
Mighty Aaron gets to see Santa and his favorite characters from Paw Patrol lead the parade.
Also there were 1993 National League champion Mickey Morandini and Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy.
Aaron’s parents, Mark and Shanna Klein, were grateful for the opportunity to form these special memories prior to the stem cell transplant.
“Just being able to raise the emotion helps in the long run, too,” said Aaron’s father Mark Klein. “When he gets back to the hospital he will be better.”
“It’s always good to see him when he’s feeling good about his happiness,” said Shanna Klein, Aaron’s mom. “Its highs are high and its lows are really low. Yeah, we’re so glad this worked.”
Shanna Klein says Aaron will be back in the hospital starting Dec. 15 for a period of four to six weeks.