LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Hearing about Jake Louis beating brain cancer inspired a group of about 100 at the Bricks and Sticks event to kick off the next St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway on Wednesday.
His father, Todd Louis, told the group how St. Jude gave his family hope when other doctors were more pessimistic about the then 7-year-old Jake's chances of winning his battle against brain cancer. St. Jude had pioneered a new stem cell treatment to coincide with chemotherapy, giving Jake an 80 percent chance for survival.
Todd Louis said that Jake is now 16 years old and cancer free. His story inspired many of the local businessmen and contractors in the audience. After the presentation, they formed a long line to put their companies' names by items requested for donation to the new Dream Home.
"That's always fun to watch a line form to make donations for the kids," said Alan Hargett, St. Jude's construction specialist. The vendors signed up to donate everything from appliances, to siding, to granite for the kitchen and bathrooms.
After the gathering in Lee's Summit, Mo., St. Jude and community representatives broke ground on the new Dream Home in the Creekmoor subdivision in Raymore, Mo. Tickets for the Dream Home Giveaway go on sale April 4.