A six-year-old girl marked her milestone final chemotherapy session with the help of the community.
Little Finley Brown was being treated for a tumour on her kidney for the last 16 months and after meeting members of the Moraga Orinda Fire District in California, she fulfilled her dream of riding in a fire truck fittingly for her last treatment.
Firefighter Lucas Lambert to the local ABC News network: "Finley...approached us with a lot of confidence and had no problem showing us her scars and explaining to us why she had no hair at the time."
Members of the team also organised a fundraiser for the brave child so she could visit Disney World in Florida.
Her father, Aaron Brown explained: It's like jumping off a cliff and you have no idea what's below you.
"She hasn't had any negativity despite everything that she's going through."
Also greeting her at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland were a number of friends, family and fans who cheered her on with supportive signs.
The end of the year is traditionally the time for a round-up of the year's highlights, and to consign the disappointments to the dustbin of history. It's heartening to look back at 2015 and confirm that the good meals have far outnumbered the bad, and that Irish food is at an all time high, with the message of eating locally and seasonally getting through to such an extent that it's become a cliché on restaurant menus.