5-year-old Ykeyvion Wilson from Lizella flipped the giant switch to bring the Christmas tree at the Medical Center of Central Georgia to life.
A brain condition and a stroke put Wilson in the hospital for several months, but his mother Keke Wilson says that never kept him down.
She says her son is a sign of hope for her and her family, and she hopes others will learn from his perserverance and optimistic spirit.
The Mercer Children's Choir also joined in Friday's festivities. They sang a medley of holiday tunes, including Wilson's favorite, "Jingle Bells."
Kohl's presented their check to The Children's Hospital for $52,289 to help children like Wilson.
This is the first year the tree lighting ceremony took place inside. For more than 15 years, people have gathered on Pine Street to watch the 40 foot tree light up the sky. Construction and unpredictable weather moved the event inside this year.
The Children's Hospital decorated a 13 foot tree inside the Luce Heart Center, instead.