Groundbreaking begins on new St. Jude Dream Home

RAYMORE, Missouri - Construction began on the newest project in a local subdivision today, a crowd, armed with shovels and hardhats, waited eagerly for the guest of honor before beginning the ceremonial groundbreaking.

She wore a dress and sandals, as well as a hard hat which mostly covered a large flower in her hair. She also carried a shovel, which was larger than her whole body. She was 12 year old Hannah and dreams not of being a contractor, but a clothes designer.

But that's not why Hannah was here today. She was here because of what happened when she was 18 months old. Diagnosed with ependymoma, her doctor gave her 6 to12 months to live. Hannah's mother then found St. Jude children's research hospital.

St. Jude has dealt with this particular type of cancer before. As a matter of fact, they had experience with 72 other cases before it was Hannah's turn for treatment. After surviving the initial round, she's been in remission for 10 years.

Hannah's from Blue Springs, but St. Jude treats pediatric cancer cases from all over the world. Treatment is free, so families can focus on fighting cancer. The money that actually funds the hospital comes from a variety of donations and charities. One particular charity is the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

And that's why Hannah was the guest of honor today. This is the site of the 2012 St. Jude dream home in Raymore. Construction will continue through spring. When completed, NBC Action News will sell tickets to the giveaway for $ 100. We're a proud sponsor of this event, and we'll have more to come when we get closer to the giveaway. Stay tuned!

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