I believe in Christmas. With that comes the desire to raise Avery in a home where the Christmas Spirit is strong, but not just one day or one month a year. The Christmas Spirit, love, giving, and magic, can be celebrated year round.
I recently had the opportunity to view the film “The Heart of Christmas” It’s the true story of Austin and Julie Locke. Parents of Dax, a young boy diagnosed with AML M7 leukemia at 15 months old. But it’s more than just a sad story. In fact its MUCH more. It’s the story of hope, and love and a community coming together. When the Locke’s were told that Dax only had a few weeks to live, and would not make it to Christmas, they decided to give him one more Christmas–In October. When the neighborhood found out about what the Locke’s were doing, they joined them, to give Dax a Christmas that no one would forget.
Julie and Austin wanted to share Dax’s story, as a way to bring awareness to childhood cancer and the work of St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital. The started the “Cherish Every Moment” Dax Locke Foundation. After hearing their story, singer/songwriter, Matthew West wrote a song (One Last Christmas) and all the money made from the song was donated to the Dax Locke foundation. A producer heard the song, and thought it would make a heartwarming movie, and filming began.
The movie stars Candace Cameron Bure (Full House), Burgess Jenkins (Remember the Titans), Kelsey Kingsbury, George Newbern (Father of the Bride, Justice League), and Dendrie Taylor (Sons of Anarchy, True Blood,The Fighter), and features GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist Matthew West.
Cast: Candace Cameron Bure, Jeanne Neilson, Erin Bethea, Anita Renfroe, Matthew West, George Newbern
Director: Gary Wheeler
Awards: 2011: Winner, Dove Approved
This movie is a tear jerker, but it also makes you think. It puts a lot of things into perspective. We often forget about what is truly important in our lives, and our families can sometimes tae a backseat to work, or other stress. “The Heart of Christmas” makes you realize that life is precious, and can be taken so quickly, and unexpectedly.
Dax did get to see one last “real” Christmas, but passed away on December 30th 2009.
I am happy to be able to give away three copies of this moving film. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. Winners will be drawn on Sunday,Dec. 16th
It would also be wonderful if you could find it in your heart, and wallet, to go to The Dax Locke Foundation and make a donation.
Now, go hug your children, support your neighbors, and count your blessings!
*Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to view this movie and giveaway three copies, free of charge. All opinions are my own.