Aaron Urban is 10 years old and going through the holidays battling brain cancer.
So when Aaron let it be known that he was wishing for a special Christmas, the Make-A-Wish foundation came through, arranging for the Maryland boy to flip the switch that lights the Christmas tree in front of the U.S. Capitol.
Aaron was in his hospital bed when his parents gave him the big news. His mother pointed at a screen in Aaron's lap: "That means that you'll be the official flipper-switcher-flicker of the Christmas tree of the United States capitol in Washington, D.C."
One of the side effects of his treatment is that Aaron has trouble speaking at a normal volume, and he can be seen mouthing a reply in a faint whisper. At first his mom couldn't tell what he was trying to communicate, but his dad quickly chimed in with Aaron's excited reaction: "Are you kidding me?"
He then gave himself a slight I-can't-believe-it slap on the forehead for good measure.
Then Aaron got bundled up for the Dec. 2 lighting ceremony:
United States Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine talks to Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient Aaron Urban, 10, from Linthicum, Md., after lighting the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree at the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (Image source: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
He shared the stage with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and got to meet Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.:
And you know he lit up the 88-foot white spruce like a champ:
Here's the report from CBS News: