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Kid's snowy dream fulfilled

Posted: December 26, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 26, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Alana Greene, left, cradles her little brother, Elijah, on the plot of snow placed on the lawn of their home in Canyon Country on Wednesday morning.

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What 4-year-old Elijah Greene wanted most for Christmas was a snowman.

It was a simple wish, but not one likely to come true during a warm winter holiday in Southern California.

But Elijah, who has battled cancer for much of his young life, woke up Wednesday morning to the surprise of a lifetime: snow blanketing the front lawn of his Canyon Country home.

Elijah and his sister, Alana, wasted no time in heading out into the flurries, stomping on the crisp snow banks and playing with a makeshift sled.

“It’s kind of a Christmas dream come true,” said father Kris Samana as he watched the two play in the snow.

For the past few years, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation has chosen a family to get a snowy surprise at Christmas time.

The Hoefflin Foundation is an organization whose mission is to provide support to children and their families facing the difficulties of pediatric cancer Hoefflin Foundation

After the family is chosen, the foundation spreads the word to Valencia resident Stephen Wright, who helps coordinate delivery of the snow.

It all came together for Elijah on Wednesday.

Jennifer Greene, Elijah’s mother, said he was first diagnosed with cancer in October 2010, when he was only 14 months old.

“When he was first diagnosed he was diagnosed with three different cancers,” she said.

Elijah has been in remission for almost two years now.

“He’s healthy now, enjoying life and being a kid,” said Samana, as Elijah dove into the snow nearby.

Living in Southern California the children never got much of a chance to experience a snow day.

Plus, Elijah had one major request this Christmas, his mother said, and that was for a snowman.

He got his wish Wednesday, building a several-foot-high snowman in the front yard.

Not too long later, he got to do another thing for the first time as he and his sister gleefully knocked the snowman to the ground.

This year’s snow came from Arctic Glacier in Van Nuys and a foundation named Props for Tots helped cover some of the costs, Wright said.

Wright delivered the snow to the Greene household Tuesday night with the help of his father, Mike, and fellow Valencia residents Matt Biby, Kevin Meraz, Mike Jones and Richie Schwalm.

“We’ve all been affected by cancer in some way so it’s just our way of giving back,” Wright said.

And no matter how much effort it may take, Wright said it is always worth it when he sees the results.

“A tear came to my eye,” he said of the latest snow day. “Seeing that really hits home. It makes my day.”


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