When tragedy strikes a family, and especially through the loss of a child, the pain can seem unsurmountable. This is precisely what happened to the Allen family when they lost their 2-year-old son, Brody, to cancer.
Thankfully, they could seek relative consolation due to the overwhelming support from their community and friends. Dozens mobilized to support the grieving Ohio family and offer them comfort and support in any way they could.
But now, in a cruel twist of fate, the family is being struck by tragedy once again.
The Allens were just a regular happy family of five from the small town of Colerain Township, Ohio.
Parents Shilo and Todd had three lovely children: Andrew, McKenzie and their youngest son Brody. When the Allens discovered that Brody was sick, it shook the family to its core.
Brody was born with a rare cancer that caused tumors to grow in his brain. When the Allens received his prognosis, it was devastating: Brody wouldn’t live through the year.
As his story began circulating on social media, Brody left millions of Americans touched.
In light of their situation, the Allens decided to celebrate Christmas early, in September — compelling their entire Colerain Township community to join for a final little Christmas miracle for Brody.
“He was so happy,” McKenzie told the local news. “It was amazing. Not just for him but for everybody.”
Put our tree up yesterday and Brody's ornament shines brightly
Sadly, Brody Allen passed away just a month later, in October. Father Todd made the tragic announcement online, writing:
“Good morning. It is with the deepest sadness I want tell you that Brody has lost his fight. This morning at 6 am Brody passed quietly, and peacefully in the arms of his mother Shilo. He did not suffer. He was surrounded by his family and I have no doubt many angel’s. While our sadness is immeasurable and we will miss his smiling beautiful soul, we are also comforted in knowing that today our son has touched the face of God.
Today heaven welcomed home our little super hero.
Fly high little man.. Until we see you again. We love you.”
Good morning. It is with the deepest sadness I want tell you that Brody has lost his fight. This morning at 6 am Brody…
Now, in a cruel twist-of-fate, the Allens are facing even more tragedy — just a month after burying their youngest boy. Brody’s older brother Andrew was involved in a devastating car accident.
Andrew was severely injured and now remains in critical condition in hospital.
He is now in a medically-induced paralysis to avoid further damage to his body.
Father Todd, sadly, once again took to Facebook to ask for support:
“I come to you all in need of urgent help. Andrew’s condition is very critical. He has a very serious life threatening traumatic brain injury, damage to his kidneys, a small laceration to his spleen, a broken shoulder blade, and a dislocated/broken collar bone.
Our grief and pain is simply indescribable right now.
Please, if you’re inclined, pray for Andrew’s healing and recovery. I don’t care what faith, language, religion or perspective in life you come from. Your prayers, thoughts and well-wishes carried us and more importantly, I believe, gave Brody the strength and a little extra time, to live his last days to the fullest with absolute joy. Please, we need your help again.”
How terrible! I will personally keep this family in my thoughts and prayers. Please do the same, and make sure to share this story so that the Allen’s can get the widest amount of support possible.