Little Brody Allen, who captured the hearts of his entire home town, lost his battle against cancer Friday. He was 2.
"It is with the deepest sadness I want tell you that Brody has lost his fight. This morning at 6 a.m. Brody passed quietly, and peacefully in the arms of his mother Shilo," dad Todd Allen wrote on Facebook.
"He did not suffer. He was surrounded by his family and I have no doubt many angels. While our sadness is immeasurable and we will miss his smiling beautiful soul, we are also comforted in knowing that today our son has touched the face of God."
The toddler was diagnosed with a rare, fast-moving cancer in May. Doctors told his parents he likely wouldn't see the holidays. So the holidays came to him.
On a hot September day in Ohio, his home town staged a Christmas extravaganza replete with Santa, elves, carolers and reindeer for Brody and his family. A few days later, a Christmas parade marched through Colerain Township in his honor.
People around the world wished the tyke well, sending notes and encouragement to the Team Brody Facebook page his father established.
Thousands of comments poured in Friday after news broke of his death.
"Rest in peace, little fighter," wrote one man.
"Hugging you in my heart," wrote a woman.
Funeral plans are being finalized. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Brody Allen GoFundMe page.