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ETMC tree lighting kicks off holiday season

 Tree Lighting 2011 
Bob Evans, Carolyn and Randy McFarlin and Maria Kulma attend the ETMC tree lighting. ETMC Tyler celebrated 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.
 
 Christmas Choir 
The Whitehouse High School choir “Pitch Perfect” under the direction of Amy McMichael sang Christmas carols at the event.    

East Texas Medical Center Tyler celebrated 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. 

Reindeer 2011 Lighting Ceremony 

 

This is 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. 

As in past years, Santa Claus posed for pictures with children attending the tree lighting, and real reindeer were on hand as well for young people to see close-up. 

See more photos from the event on the ETMC Facebook page.