Nicole Heyrman is a 34-year-old mother of three young children, and she’s been fighting breast cancer for a year. Recently, she got some upsetting news about her condition; her cancer is still spreading aggressively despite treatment, leaving her with a bleaker prognosis than the one she and her family were hoping for.
Nicole’s neighbors have been there for her throughout her fight with cancer, but when they got word about the latest development in her cancer journey, they wanted to do something extra-special to show their support.
So men, women, and children alike, many clad in pink t-shirts, got together one evening to wrap pink Christmas lights around the trunks of all the trees in the neighborhood.
“I’ve always felt the support, but seeing these lights, it’s just a really cool visualization of how much love is here for us,” says Nicole’s husband, Andy. “It’s hard to describe. A lot of tears in the last few days, and it’s nice to have something that makes you smile.”
In addition to the visual display of their support, neighbors are also planning a party which will serve as a birthday party for one of the neighborhood children, as well as a celebration of Nicole’s life. It will be something fun for her and her family to look forward to during this difficult time in their lives.
Check out the video below to see the neighborhood lit up in honor of Nicole’s battle against breast cancer!
Shout out to Nicole’s neighbors for the time and energy they have spent showing her how much they love and support her. May your thoughtful gift serve to inspire this young mom to fight even harder against cancer!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?