Graham man with ALS gets Christmas surprise


by MIMI JUNG / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 4, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 9:19 AM

There's something about putting up Christmas decorations that can warm the spirit on a dreary December day.  But what happened at the home at Cory and James Wymer is a reflection of the true meaning of Christmas.

A team of people spent the entire day decorating their Graham property with Christmas lights and they did it for free after they heard that this could be James’ last Christmas.  Four months ago, he was diagnosed with ALS.  But he’s been fighting the symptoms for the last two years.

“Within the last 4 months, it has really started to manifest itself with losing the ability to walk and using my hands and my balance issues,” said James.

Determined to make this Christmas extra special, Cory had an idea.  She did a Google search for “Christmas Décor” and called a company based out of Lubbock Texas.

“I just wanted to borrow a few decorations. Nothing fancy, just something to make my husband smile one more time,” said Cory Wymer.

The company contacted one of its franchisees in Puyallup, run by Eric Hodson, who agreed to take on the job at no charge.

“I looked at the layout and everything and I said we can do something. You bet,” said Hodson.

Hodson says he was moved by James’ story and felt compelled to help.  It was a move that brought a huge smile to James’ face all day.

“I was so touched by his generosity and bringing the Christmas spirit into our lives,” said James.

More information on ALS:

The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter

1-866-STOP ALS (786-7257)