NORTHGATE, Oh. (WLWT) – The Cincinnati boy with cancer who captured the hearts of many with his love of Christmas died on Friday morning.
To give the Allen family space and privacy after the death of their son and little brother, the Colerain Township Police Department is blocking off the family’s neighborhood and setting up an alternate, public space for community members to visit.
The memorial is at the end of the field at Drew Campbell Memorial Park, right next to the administrative building at 4200 Springdale Road.
The space will serve as a place of reflection and memorial for Brody, with all items left on site given to the Allen family.
“He brought a light to the community. He brought a light to the world. He was recognized in so many different states. It’s just amazing what this little boy did,” neighbor, Connie Goff said. “They have their family there and this is the time for the family.”
The 2-year-old was diagnosed with brain cancer in May and by the end of the summer, he was given about two months left to live. During that time, Brody and his family found comfort and happiness in Christmas movies. Together, they decided to celebrate Christmas in September.
“Brody helped the whole community come together for Christmas,” community member Kristin Britt said.
Hundreds of people helped organize Christmas carolers, a superhero Christmas parade and local radio station Warm 98 even played Christmas music for Team Brody.
“It’s been amazing for our entire family, especially for Brody. For him to be able to celebrate Christmas no matter what the temperature is out is awesome,” his father, Todd Allen said at the time. “We’re grateful to everyone for coming out and just giving our family this huge hug, thank you.”
Funeral services are expected to be finalized Monday and could potentially take place at the end of next week in Burlington, Kentucky, where the family attends church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can me made to the Brody Allen GoFundMe page.