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The Michael and Maddie Show got a call this morning that left me heartbroken and moved all at once.

Back in August, I shared with you the story about Frank and Lisa Carreiro. Lisa had spent the last year and a half struggling with ovarian cancer. At one point she entered remission, but this year ushered in an aggressive comeback. Her doctors informed her a few months ago that she only had a few months left to live.

Lisa’s favorite holiday is Christmas and she was worried that she wouldn’t make it to another one. When Frank shared the somber news with Lisa’s friends, her friends decked out the Carreriro home with Christmas lights and decorations as a way to bring Christmas to her.

Frank was adamant that he did not want money, but he wanted people to send Lisa Christmas cards to lift her spirits. The cards came by the box load.

Now for the rough part. Frank called in today to inform us that Lisa passed away peacefully last night. An emotional Frank told Michael and Maddie that Lisa was able to see the Christmas lights one last time and was incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from the SouthCoast.

“Thank you so much for everything," he said. "She appreciated everything you guys have done. The community, all the Christmas cards that she was receiving, thank you.”

When I asked him how many Christmas cards Lisa received, he said, “in the thousands.”

Cancer and the loss of a loved one are two instances that are unfortunate and upsetting, but when you have the love and support of the community around you, it helps ease the heartache.

My heart goes out to Frank Carreiro and his family at this time.

The SouthCoast will be able to enjoy his Christmas lights display for the rest of the year, in Lisa’s honor.

When I decorate for the holidays this year, Lisa Carreiro will be in my heart.

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