Firefighters Decorate Home of Arlington Teen Fighting Cancer

16-year-old battling Stage 4 colon cancer

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    A group of Allen firefighters is helping make this Christmas a holiday to remember for Taylor Helland, an Arlington teen with Stage 4 colon cancer. (Published Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012)

    The light of the Christmas season is shining at the Helland home in Arlington, thanks to members of the Allen Fire Department.

    Taylor Helland, 16, has been battling Stage 4 colon cancer, and her family is making this Christmas special.

    "Taylor wanted to do it up this year, and we're trying really hard, but we don't have a lot of energy," said Julia Helland, her mother.

    But when Helland made a phone call to a stranger, the effort went from lighting rentals to a full-on "Griswold" treatment.

    "It's definitely rewarding and dear to the heart," said Billy Amos, owner of 911 Custom Christmas Lights.

    Amos, who is also an Allen Fire Department medic, he encouraged his fellow firefighters to show support for the Helland family.

    "Just the thought of being able to do something for someone's Christmas -- you can just imagine the way her eyes will glow," he said.

    They pitched in hundreds of lights and about three hours of free labor. The display also plays custom music -- and flashes red and white lights.