8-year-old Atlanta cancer patient gets white Christmas

CONYERS, Ga. -- All over metro Atlanta kids woke up Christmas morning, their faces beaming to see the presents under the tree. But Dylan Rosier found his Christmas present outside, scattered all across the lawn and he wouldn't have it any other way.

Tuesday night when Rosier went to bed his front lawn looked like any other. But Christmas morning, bundled in a blanket, the 8-year old stumbled outside to find a winter wonderland.

"That's awesome, that's what I thought," said Rosier looking out at the lawn.

Rosier had told Santa he wanted snow, so he could do one thing.

"Slide down the hill and bust my face on the pavement," said Rosier apologetically.

It's the candid honesty of a boy who doesn't have time in life to lie. That's because Rosier had two wishes for Christmas.

"My other wish was to be free of cancer. I have leukemia," he said.

That statement, the only time a smile left his face. Dylan almost died shortly after his diagnosis. But you'd never know it seeing him play on Christmas morning.

"We're just happy to answer one of his requests to Santa Claus, and his hope with his medical treatment that his other requests will be fulfilled too," said Sergeant Wayne Bender with the Henry County police department.

Rosier's father is a police officer and asked others in the area if they could help after they heard him share his wish to Santa Claus during a photo shoot.

Nearly three dozen police officers, family friends, and neighbors answered the call, raising money and then working overnight in the freezing cold to make it happen.

Jenny Benson had never even met the family, when she brought her own out to help.

"I just wanted to show my children the spirit of Christmas. Helping families out," said Benson.

"He's very simple. He doesn't want much. He just wants to be happy and share the time with his family," said Rosier's mother, beaming at the smile on her son's face.


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