"So many individuals came together to make this night great...You could see the love in his eyes." exclaimed friend Tzouanakis Anderson
Five-year-old Alexandros Hurdakis (Alex) enjoyed watching with his parents, Nick and Kira, an early street Halloween parade show filled with witches, zombies, and 'Ghostbuster' characters at Argyle Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Volunteers painted faces, vendors sold popcorn and cotton candy, and people wore different costumes. Volunteers gathered to set up towering skeletons and Alex’s very own haunted house in the backyard and even got him gifts. It sounds much like any other Halloween celebration, only this time it was a wish fulfilled for the terminally ill Alex. He has had brain cancer since he was 11 months old. Last week, his family learned that the experimental treatments that have helped Alex for the past four and a half years have stopped working. A close friend of the family, Paula Tzouanakis Anderson updated on Facebook that the cancer is now terminal. The Hurdakis family also confirmed the news to CBC and shared in an update on their GoFundMe page that his doctors "will be surprised if Alex is there with us next week." A shunt taking pressure off his brain is what is keeping him alive and he might not have more than two months to live.
One of Alex’s dreams was to go to a haunted house in Niagara Falls to see the monsters, but the journey would have been too far and the doctors recommended he stay closer to home so Anderson decided to bring Halloween to Alex. Anderson shares that the boy's family wants to do everything possible to make his wishes come true while he is still with them, "Time is limited so we just wanted to make him happy and bring Halloween to him.” Anderson shared a post to the Crown Point community Facebook page, and within three days, the Hurdakis family's street was closed down, and a massive Halloween parade was afoot when all the community members came together to throw this parade for Alex. "So many individuals came together to make this night great. He was waving to every single person in the crowd. He knew it was for him…. You could see the love in his eyes."
"We never expected so many people to help out. It was something else. There are no words." expressed Anderson and Nick. The family expressed that this support from the community gives them "courage" during this difficult time, reports People.
Anderson expressed in a post according to Tuko, that everything was arranged—from closing down Argyle Street and getting the help of Hamilton police and firefighters to arranging volunteer face painters, popcorn and cotton candy vendors, and a dozen sports cars decked out in Halloween decorations—in little over two days. She added that since she had only expected a few people to turn up, she was stunned to see that the parking lot was full. Ariane Clark, who lost her 5-year-old daughter Ellery to cancer three years ago, shared that the event reminded her of the community support she received when her daughter died. "I had chills, I cried a lot, I smiled a lot. This place, I swear, there is nothing like it," she added.
Cover Image Source: Instagram | Tzouanakis Anderson