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Extravagant light show shines for special cause

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OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - A Christmas lights display in Olive Branch, Mississippi is running its show for a good cause.

Bella's lights, located at 4630 Alexander Ave. in Olive Branch, is no ordinary Christmas display. The lights dance to music. All 30,000 lights are programmed to play along with 10 songs.

"The possibilities are endless", said Raul Valenzuela, the organizer and builder of the holiday display.

Drivers pull up, tune their radios to 93.5 and prepare for the show.

"I love it. I love Christmas, it's my favorite holiday and I like the lights," said Collin Schreffler, as watched the show from his truck.

The show, Bella's lights is named after, Bella Parker.

"She's an angel", said her father, Bill Parker.

Bella is living with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. The disease makes her bones brittle.

"They told us in the beginning that she had the fatal type and that she probably wouldn't make it to birth," said Parker.

Bella is now two years old and has suffered 10 broken bones.

"She's always happy. Even when she has a bone fracture, she'll have her little cast on and she'll be happy as can be, playing," said Parker.

The show takes donations to help Bill and Mindy Parker with Bella's medical expenses.

"Jesus is the reason for the season and this is what he would want us to do," said Valenzuela.

He and his father-in-law built the show because they enjoyed it.

"We were going to put the light show on anyway, so why not do it for Bella?" said Valenzuela.

Bella even got her own tree in the display.

"It's smaller than all the rest and if you watch it, it does something different from any other tree in here," said Valenzuela.

"She likes to dance," said her father. "She'll sit there and dance in her chair with the music."

As Bella dances, so do the lights, shining light on her cause.

"[For] some people that we barely knew that came up and would do this for our family and our daughter, it's hard to find words for that," said Parker.

Valenzuela plans to make the Christmas show bigger and better next year with 150,000 lights. The show runs each night from 5:30p to 10:30p through January 6th.

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