Pinson family receives Christmas surprise

PINSON, Ala (WIAT) – For Eddy and Heather Lancaster, the last few months haven’t been easy.

“Oh it’s a roller coaster. Complete joy, complete sorrow, it’s just up and down,” said Eddy Lancaster.

Eddy and Heather’s son, Gray, has a life-threatening medical condition called Thalamic Astrocytoma, which is an inoperable brain tumor. And for the family it comes with an unknown each day.

“We just never know, we may be in the hospital tonight. We just never know,” said Heather Lancaster.

And that’s not the only thing the family has been dealing with. Six weeks ago Heather totaled the family car. Gray was with her at the time.

Little did the family know that day would set a series of events in motion. Events that culminated with a Christmas surprise.

After meeting the family in the wake of their car wreck, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Center Point and Palmerdale fire departments, and the Birmingham community got together to help the Lancasters.

Together they donated presents, groceries and necessities, and a van.

“We felt in our heart to reach out and help this family this year, and he’s become my little buddy,”  Deputy Brian Williams says.

Eddy Lancaster and his family are more than touched by the generosity of their community.

“No words. What a blessing. What a blessing for our family.”

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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