An entire town helped make a dying grandfather’s Christmas wish come true

Harry Towle
78-year-old grandfather Harry Towle. Youtube
  • Harry Towle, a 78-year-old grandfather, is dying from lung cancer and will not make it to another Christmas.
  • Towle’s Christmas wish this year was to see the lights and hear the carolers in Exeter, Ontario.
  • In less than 30 hours, the town of Exeter came together and hundreds of people serenaded Towle in MacNaughton Park.

Harry Towle had a simple Christmas wish this year. The 78-year-old grandfather from Exeter, Ontario, wanted to see the Christmas lights and hear the carolers.

Towle has terminal lung cancer and is unlikely to see another Christmas. He is receiving palliative care at the Queensway Nursing Home in Hensall, Ontario, according to CTV News.

Margaret Sutherland works at Queensway Nursing Home and helped organise the event in less than 30 hours.

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The town came together for Towle in a matter of hours. YouTube

First, Brad Oke donated a limo for Towle and his family to use, so they could drive around Exeter and look at the Christmas lights.

Then, 300 people gathered at MacNaughton Park to serenade Towle with Christmas carols.

“It really was a surprise. I didn’t expect this. I can’t put it in words,” Towle told CTV News.

The 78-year-old fought back tears as he listened to the carolers sing “Silent Night” and other Christmas favourites. He later thanked them for coming.

In these difficult times, Exeter showed that you can still make some Christmas wishes come true.

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