2-year-old with cancer selected to flip the switch on Woodlands’ Christmas tree

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on November 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 21 at 8:01 PM

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Two-year-old Dylan Rivera is a handful and has the honor of flipping the switch at Thursday evening’s Christmas tree lighting in The Woodlands.

”He is really a people person no matter where we are at,” said Daniel Rivera, Dylan’s father.

Even at his young age, Dylan sets an example for everyone.

“From one minute to the next you don’t know what could happen to your family,” said Stephanie Rivera, Dylan’s mother. “From one day to the other our lives were just torn apart.”

Dylan was not even two and recovering from one surgery, when a large tumor was discovered on his brain stem -- stage four cancer. Immediate surgery was completed to try and save his life.

”Know that we are just going to overcome it and look to the future,” Daniel said.

Dylan’s story got to the folks who plan the holiday lighting.

He will be the youngest person ever to light the Woodland’s holiday tree at Market Street. It has more than 25,000 lights and artificial snow.

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