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ETMC tree lighting kicks off holiday season

Whitehouse High School football coach to light tree

East Texas Medical Center Tyler will celebrate its 24th annual Christmas tree lighting on Tuesday, Nov. 29, with former trauma patient and Whitehouse High School athletic director and head football coach Randy McFarlin lighting the tree.

McFarlin was injured Nov. 28, 2010, when a pickup truck slammed into his vehicle seven miles east of Gilmer. McFarlin swerved to avoid the accident, but the truck hit the driver's side door---trapping him inside. Once he was freed from the vehicle, McFarlin was flown by Air 1 to ETMC Tyler's Level 1 Trauma Center in critical condition with internal injuries, fractured ribs and a fractured pelvis. He remained in intensive care for over a month, and in January was moved to ETMC's Rehabilitation Center. His wife Carolyn, son Craig and Craig's now wife Missy were also injured, but were treated and released.

The Whitehouse High School choir "Pitch Perfect" under the direction of Amy McMichael will sing Christmas carols. The tree-lighting ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. Santa and two reindeer will greet children from 5 to 7 p.m. If you would like to have a picture with Santa, please bring your own camera. 

This will be the second year for ETMC to use its living Christmas tree, which was planted as part of the city of Tyler's tree conservation program. The tree is located on the front lawn of the hospital and has grown several feet since last year.

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