MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A 4-year-old boy from South Jersey is undergoing intensive treatment to beat a malignant tumor. Thursday night, he was surprised with a parade of support.
“Mighty Aaron! Mighty Aaron!” fans chanted as brave and happy Aaron Kline was all joyful laughs. It was hard to miss his beaming smile.
He and his family were surprised with a decorated lawn for the holidays, plus a parade complete with lights, snow, Paw Patrol, Phillies play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy, former Phillies second baseman Mickey Morandini and the Phanatic.
“It just helps uplifts his spirit,” said Marc Kline, Aaron’s father. “You can see the joy in his face, and it’s just amazing to see his reaction.”
Doctors recently removed a tumor from Aaron's brain, and they have been fighting to keep it from coming back.
“Seeing how he is now, and knowing in like a week or so he’s going to be not feeling so great, it’s always good to see when he does feel good,” Aaron's mother Shana Kline said.
Aaron is about halfway through an intense treatment process, which will require him to be in the hospital for a few more weeks during a time that will span the holidays.
Sharon Snyder with Kisses for Kyle, a Philadelphia-area charity that offers financial assistance and special experiences for kids battling cancer, nominated Aaron to the Philadelphia Phillies to make the surprise happen.
“He had no idea. He has no idea what’s about to happen,” Snyder said before the party began. “Seeing that we’re bringing some level of happiness during such tragic times really helps my heart.”
Friends and neighbors like Melissa Jost lined the street to help cheer mighty Aaron on.
“You would never know what he’s dealing with,” said Jost. “He’s just such a light of energy and excitement and such an inspiration to so many of us.”
Marc said he's grateful that "Mighty Aaron" has the support of his community.
“It just shows you that the holiday spirit is alive,” Marc said, “and I appreciate everything that everybody is doing for us.”