It is never too early to light up a Christmas tree at PPG Place.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A young cancer survivor and her sister turned on the Christmas lights at PPG Place.

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The tree at the ice rink, which opens Friday, was lit on Thursday. The honors were done by Nora Misencik and her sister Heidi.

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Nora, 5, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when she was 4 months old and went through years of treatment at UPMC Children’s Hospital.

“Nora was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma when she was just 4 months old,” said Nora’s mother, Andrea Misencik. “She just turned 5 last month, and as you can see, she is doing excellent. We are very honored to be here.”

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The tree lighting also started the American Cancer Society’s Tribute of Light celebration. It honors cancer patients, their caregivers and families, and those who lost their lives.