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Mike Pyle vows to pay forward the generosity the community has shown his family. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Mike Pyle, who now is facing surgery to treat his Stage 4 lung cancer, is still waiting on veterans benefits to kick in and was bracing for a bleak holiday season until people began showing up to help his family. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Mallory Pyle was nearly bouncing off the walls, overwhelmed by the dozens of presents stacked under her Christmas tree.

And while her loving daddy, Mike, looks on, he can’t help but treasure each moment as he fights Stage 4 lung cancer, the result of his exposure to toxins during his military service in the Persian Gulf War 23 years ago.

An optimist with the will to be strong for his young family, Mike Pyle, 43, continues to face an uncertain future. But as physical concerns arise and bills pile high, one thing is certain for the family of four: The community has its back.

A freckled redhead, Mallory, 7, beamed on a recent December afternoon.

“I get to open one of these tonight! I wanna open up this big, fat one!”

Her brother, Preston, 3, is quietly hoping for a rocket ship.

Mike and Krysty Pyle are cherishing moments like these, saying their holiday wouldn’t be nearly as merry were it not for the community. Friends and strangers alike have baked meals, sent cards and dropped off gifts to help them as they continue to wait for veterans benefits to kick in.

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