ST. GEORGE — The community came out in force to support a local family, and say goodbye to Aaliyah Carballo with a candlelight vigil Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Carballo battled neuroblastoma for many years and died Saturday, Dec. 4, a few days before her birthday.

Neuroblastoma is a common form of childhood cancer with a prevalence of one in every 7,000 children born according to the National Cancer Institute.

The community held a candlelight vigil at St. George School on her birthday to say goodbye, and show support for parents Todd Carballo and Jessica Spaulding.

The crowd gathered outside the school playground and sang happy birthday to Aaliyah.

While music played over a loudspeaker, the crowd began to light candles. Some participants used electric candles.

Danica Candles of Rockport and local churches donated candles for the vigil.

A gofundme has been set up to assist the family with expenses at gofund.me/f9b58f96.

The table for the vigil of Aaliyah Carballo’s birthday Dec. 8. Photo by Christine Simmonds

Old and young hold candles at the vigil for Aaliyah Carballo Dec. 8. Photo by Christine Simmonds

Members of the crowd spread the candle flame at the vigil for Aaliyah Carballo Dec. 8. Photo by Christine Simmonds

The St. George School playground is decorated in lights for the vigil of Aaliyah Carballo Dec. 8. Photo by Christine Simmonds