Matthew West was inspired to write "One Last Christmas" after hearing the story of Dax Locke. Dax was born on June 26, 2007. At the age of 13 months, he was diagnosed with AML M7 Leukemia. Last year, five days after Christmas, Dax lost his battle (at the age of two and a half). Dax's love of Christmas and his wish to live to see one more motivated St. Jude's Hospital, his hometown of Washington, Illinois and people all over the world to "decorate for Dax" in September so that he could enjoy an early Christmas. People put up their Christmas trees, hung Christmas lights and made sign's for Dax and then submitted the photos to www.decoratefordax.com. Dax did hold on and he lived to see one last Christmas, passing away on December 30, 2009.
The care that Dax received at St. Jude's was so wonderful that his parents have pledged to raise $1.6 million (the cost to run the hospital for a single day). To do this, they have started "Cherish Every Moment-The Dax Locke Foundation." So far, they raised almost a quarter of million dollars! You can help too by visiting the foundation.
- "One Last Christmas" by Matthew West (Purchase/Download)
- Watch the official video for "One Last Christmas"
- Share ideas for making Christmas special in the forum.
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