The Heart of Christmas

| October 17, 2012

The Heart of Christmas is an uplifting story about a family who is facing the worst condition imaginable—their young son has been diagnosed with cancer. As they look for help, they find much support in other families faced with the same circumstances at the hospital where they have sought treatment. They also have found a huge support system in their neighbors, who band together to help ease the burden for the family.

The young boy’s name is Dax Locke, and it’s based on a true story. The Heart of Christmas boasts a stellar cast that includes Candace Cameron Bure (Make it or Break It); Jeanne Neilson (Faith Like Potatoes); George Newbern (Father of the Bride; and Erin Bethea (Fireproof).

Dax’s mother has been charged with staying at the hospital while he undergoes chemotherapy, but she is unsure of his recovery, especially since the first doctor is no longer available to care for her child. She questions the second doctor’s care plan and is even more put off when he doesn’t offer her his personal cell phone number. Dax’s father is busy trying to keep their home and work life together, as he travels to the hospital only on the weekends. During his hospital stay, many people at the hospital—patients and parents of patients alike—come into Dax’s family’s life. Amazingly, although it may not seem so at first, all have a part in restoring the faith of this young family that God knows what is best. They also help arm the family with best practices to care for their son as well as make him as comfortable as they can.

Dax’s favorite holiday is Christmas, and while it’s yet Halloween, the parents are faced with his imminent death, so they hatch a clever idea to have Christmas early. As another new neighbor is taking her children out for trick or treating, she runs across a family who is decorating—not for Halloween—but for Christmas. The new neighbor is encouraged to read blog postings by Dax’s mother that explains all there is to know about why this one neighborhood seems to be rushing the holidays. The blog postings are so heart wrenching and intimate. But they tell the story for one and all about the impact that Dax, his illness and his family’s fortitude have had on many.

The Heart of Christmas is a heartbreaking movie, but one of courage, hope, resilience and love from all around. The film recently received an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Lyrics and Music for its title song.

The Heart of Christmas is available on DVD October 16 from Image Entertainment. For more information about this inspiring true story, visit the Dax Locke Foundation website at

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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