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CYA Collects Presents for Pediatric Party

CYA members gathered to wrap all the presents for the families.

CYA members gathered to wrap all the presents for the families. Photo Courtesy of Mark Abbot

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Chantilly’s Tara Sankner, who’s battling cancer, with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the holiday party.

— CYA and DC Candlelighters united to make the holidays brighter for pediatric oncology patients at Inova Fairfax Hospital. CYA collected more than 300 presents for the DC Candlelighter families whose children are fighting cancer. Then they wrapped them all to give out at the hospital Dec. 16 to more than 75 families for their children with cancer and their siblings.

“CYA did an amazing job,” said Centreville’s Meg Crossett of DC Candlelighters. “It was a wonderful evening, and the looks on the children's faces when they were able to sit on Santa's lap and receive presents were priceless.”

These children weren’t able to visit the mall and sit on Santa’s lap because of their compromised immune systems. So, said Crossett, “Santa coming to the hospital allowed them that joy. We thank CYA so much for allowing these children to have a fun Christmas.”