I had the unique opportunity to prescreen the movie The Heart of Christmas. Even though Christmas is still about 2 months away, this is one of those movies that makes you stop and appreciate the small things in life! A great message at this time of the year (or any time for that matter)!
Dax Ryan Locke, born to Julie and Austin Locke on June 26, 2007, was diagnosed with AML M7, a rare form of leukemia, when he was 13 months old.
Told in flashback from the perspective of Megan, a businesswoman, wife and mother, The Heart of Christmas unfolds when Megan’s commitment to faith and family is renewed after reading the blog of Julie Locke. Megan, who has been struggling with finding time for her husband Walt and hasn’t made it to one of her daughter’s soccer games all year and has forgotten that it is Halloween. After bargaining with Emma to take her brother trick or treating so she can finish a business proposal, they race out of the house, only to find hundreds of homes lit up for Christmas on Halloween. Confused by this scene, Megan asks her neighbors what the Christmas decoration is all about.
Through Megan’s narrative, we are introduced to Dax’s father, who is deeply concerned about Dax’s prognosis. During their hospital stay at St. Jude, Julie Locke meets Michelle, whose daughter Elizabeth is also being treated there. Michelle introduces Julie to other moms who encourage Julie to blog about Dax’s progress and her journey as a way to keep friends and family informed. Days after initial treatment begins, we meet the team of incredible doctors and nurses at St. Jude. Dr. Benson is charged with telling Julie and Austin that, after months of treatments, the last chance effort was unsuccessful in curing Dax’s cancer. Determined to give Dax one last Christmas, Austin Locke surprises Julie and Dax with a Christmas tree- even though it’s October. The neighbors quickly catch on and surprise the Locke’s by showing up at their home to give Dax, his family and the community a magical night to remember.
Info about The Dax Locke Foundation: ”Cherish Every Moment,” raises funds and awareness for St. Jude. The Foundation aims to raise 1.7 million dollars, which is the cost to run St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for one day.
There were many moment in the movie that I cried. It made me think a lot because Dax was born a few days before my oldest son. I have young children and I often get caught up in the craziness of life and don’t really appreciate my everyday moments with my family.
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