No one ever wants to think about spending one last holiday with their child. The Heart of Christmas is a story of one families journey to give their son, Dax one last Christmas after he was diagnosed with AML M7 leukemia. The movie was inspired by the singer/song writer Matthew West's song One Last Christmas. Fifteen minutes into this movie and I was a wreck, but despite the heartbreak, it does tell a great story of others helping in a time of need.
The story starts out with a busy Mom played by Candace Cameron Bure (Full House) who barely has time to take her children trick or treating when she finds a house putting up Christmas decorations on Halloween. She's then told about Austin and Julie Locke and their sweet little boy Dax. You're then taken through their journey of fighting cancer at St. Jude's and their ups and downs. After doing everything, they could the Locke's were sent home to wait for their son to die.
In an attempt to make Dax as happy as can be until the end they planned to celebrate one last Christmas with him since it was his favorite holiday. The whole town came together and also helped by decorating their homes and bring Christmas cheer even in October. It's a powerful story about how communities can come together and the power of a friend.
The Dax Locke Foundation reached their goal of raising enough money to run St. Jude's hospital for one whole day. Dax passed away December 30th, 2009.
The movie is out now! For more information about this inspiring true story of hope and compassion, visit the Dax Locke Foundation website at: http://www.daxlocke.org.