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Miami-Dade Police Gives Toys to Pediatric Cancer Patients

The Miami-Dade Police Department's Honor Guard spread holiday cheer and passed out toys to pediatric cancer patients at Alex's Place Wednesday.

Keshi MacFarlane, one of the many children at Alex's Place at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is happy.

"Just seeing her being so happy, so joyful, so playful, oh my, it, it's a gift, it's a great gift," mom Nicole Brown said.

A gift the 3-year-old almost didn't live to enjoy. She was diagnosed with liver cancer soon after her birth. But Wednesday Santa and the men and women of the Miami-Dade Police Department came to visit with gifts.

Little Keshi has endured many surgeries, treatments and even a coma.

"It's been a challenging journey, I should say, definitely, but through the process you gain strength," Brown said.

A strength shared by most at the center, like the Morales family. Daniela Morales is only a few months old and already had a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disease called HLH.

"Yes, it was tough but we got through it," stepsister Jasmine Morales said.

And a special moment with Santa and his gift givers brought cheer and happiness to all the young faces.

"We've been really, really happy because she's actually received a lot of gifts from Santa," Jasmine Morales said.

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