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Carolers sing for woman fighting MS

Posted at 12:03 AM, Dec 23, 2019

ALDEN, N.Y. (WKBW) — Christmas carols lift the spirit. The songs bring smiles and joy this time of year. Sunday night, carolers, a hundred deep, waltzed down an Alden street sharing songs of the season. Inside one the home on that street is Zoe Maher. She’s 42 and fighting Multiple Sclerosis.

“I will not give up,” said Maher from her wheelchair.

On Sunday, she was with her mother, Nancy Eckerson.

“She is a fighter and she is going to win this battle,” said Eckerson.

Zoe lives with her husband of 12 years, Patrick. He works from home and takes care of her every day.

“She went for 2 and a half years, basically, where she could not speak,” said Eckerson.

Zoe loves music, Billy Joel especially, she knows every word. But this time of year, it's all about Christmas carols. Silent Night is her favorite.

And those people waltzing down the street, they're not singing for just anybody.

Christmas is on Wednesday. In the Village of Alden, it came early. A hundred strong belting songs for Zoe, and Zoe was singing along.

“I could see her lips moving. I could hear her voice. And it was amazing,” said Patrick.

A neighbor, a friend, fighting and waiting for a treatment. Sunday, she received a gift she and her family will never forget.

“It was beautiful,” said Eckerson.

“This was more than we could have ever asked for. It's the greatest gift that anyone could give us,” said Patrick.

The carolers were organized by Hope Rises.