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Christmas show helps raise money for cancer

A local neighborhood is using their Christmas light show to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.
A local neighborhood is using their Christmas light show to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.
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Updated: 12/10/2009 8:43 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A local neighborhood is decorating their homes to help get you in the Christmas spirit and raise money for the American Cancer Society, in honor of their friend.

The sound of Christmas music fills the air and the bright lights fill a usually quiet street on Mallard Landing. But for four families, the display of lights has a special meaning this year.

It's because of Ben Crews. He set up his house with lights, all synchronized to music four years ago. Each year, neighbors decided to follow in his foot steps. But last year, just after Christmas, Crews died from lung cancer. It devastated his family.

His son says they still wanted to put up all the decorations this year. "It seems really weird because it's gone up really easy and it's like he's up there on our shoulders," said Ben Crews II.

Mike Oakes went to college with Crews and were in the same fraternity. They ended up living across the street from each other. Now, he's trying to help others battling this disease that took his friend.

"We're trying to join with the American Cancer Society to raise money for cancer to help combat the disease that took him from us," said Oakes.

So, while all these lights flicker constantly, one remains steady. The one that reminds everyone watching and listening why all of this is possible.

"I miss you dad, and I love you," said Crews II.

The show starts every night at 5 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. It will run through the first week of January. The address of the neighborhood is 1507 Mallard Landing Blvd.
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