Thousands of well-wishers turned up to celebrate Christmas early with a cancer-stricken 14 year-old whose family wanted him to enjoy it one last time. Ryan Roberson Jr welcomed a huge procession of cars to his home in Houston, Texas, on Sunday – with more than 1,000 turning up.

The youngster loves the festive season, but has a rare and aggressive bone cancer called osteosarcoma that his family fear may kill him before the end of the year, or leave him too ill to enjoy the December celebration.

So his aunt Autumn Young created a Facebook page for the event, with drivers turning up in festive-themed outfits – including multiple Santas. Ryan’s family says he enjoyed seeing the wide array of cars, including Teslas, Jeeps, high-powered sports cars, and even a fire truck.

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Ryan said afterwards: ‘It was awesome. I didn’t expect nearly as many cars today.’

His mother Robin Wilson told KTRK that Ryan’s attitude to his illness had inspired his family to make the most of their time together.

She said: ‘He is a very happy kid. He wants everybody to be happy.’

Many of those who turned up for the Christmas parade did not know Ryan personally, but had been touched by his story.

One participant, Karen Rudisill, said: ‘I hope this makes a lot of happiness for him, and makes it a Christmas for him to know how much people love him.’

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