12/12/2013 08:41 EST | Updated 02/11/2014 05:59 EST

Cancer patient brightens life with car of Christmas lights

A Windsor, Ont., man battling cancer has found a way to brighten his day — and night.

After Rob Snyder was diagnosed with leukemia he was down. So, he decked his car and not the halls.

Snyder strung solar-powered Christmas lights on his 1991 Honda.

"My car looks this way because when I was given the news that I had leukemia, I sort of came to the end of my rope saying 'what do I do?'" Snyder said. "And this is what I came up with."

Snyder used silicon to attach the lights to the body of his car. They're powered by solar panels on the car's hood.

Snyder said people have "gotten to know this car" as he commutes to and from his cancer treatments.

"It's more of a glory trip," he said.

Snyder said between the chemotherapy and his own health regimen, his cancer is currently under control.

"When I was first diagnosed, it was not good," Snyder said. "And then I chose to make it good."