'Brigade' shows support for cancer patients by decorating their homes for the holiday

Holiday decorations being installed
Volunteers decorate the outside of a house Friday. Photo credit Maura Bruton

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — To brighten the holidays of six families of cancer patients on Chicago's south side and in nearby suburbs, more than 100 volunteers decorated their homes.

Dan Bracken, an officer with the Flossmoor and Posen fire departments, lost his 2-year-old daughter to cancer.

He said he knows how painful the holiday season can be for families of cancer patients. So, he helped organize the  "Lights and Ladder Brigade."

He said it's a way to return the kindness that others showed his family.

“We decided the only way to do it without being able to say thank you individually to every single person is to pay it forward,” Bracken said.

Dawn Sobieszczyk of Oak Lawn lost her husband to cancer in August.

She said having her home decorated for the holidays brings much needed joy to her and her children.

The volunteers included firefighters from across Chicago and the suburbs, and as far away as the St. Louis area.