Reporting Reg Chapman
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Neighbors came together Sunday night using an old tradition to help a family that really needs it.
They were singing Christmas carols in Monticello, where they were trying to help a family deal with its grief.
In the parking lot of Pinewood Elementary School in Monticello, a community came together to support one of its own.
“She always had a smile on her face the whole time smile on her face and kept hope in her heart,” said friend Amanda Bray.
Jordan Davis fought a courageous battle against cancer.
Her caringbridge site kept the community up to date on what was going on.
“Yesterday we found out she might not have much time left so we planned this to go caroling for her and last night, we all found out,” Bray said.
One month after her 18th birthday, Jordan passed away.
She died in her father’s arms, surrounded by family and close friends.
The community came together tonight, as one big loving group.
First, they comforted one another. There were hugs, tears and sometimes laughter.
They lit candles and walked to Jordan’s home, just blocks away, where a little spirit lifting was needed.
They sang songs of love and hope and watched as Jordan’s family walked outside and fell into the arms of the more than 200 people who packed into their front yard to show that they are not alone.
A letter to Jordan was read promising support from the community to the family she leaves behind, support they will need now more than ever.
“We found out this weekend that not only are we losing our oldest daughter to cancer we are having another child,” said mother Tara Davis.
Tara said she knows her daughter was loved and hopes her life will be an example to others to always live life to the fullest.
Tara hopes Jordan’s passing brings more attention to childhood cancers.
Jordan died from a rare form of cancer and Tara hopes money can be raised to help pay for research to find a cure.