Eight-day project helps fight cancer

In a mere eight days, the sixth annual Build a Kid To Cure house now under construction in Timberstone will be finished and ready for occupancy.

In a mere eight days, the sixth annual Build a Kid To Cure house now under construction in Timberstone will be finished and ready for occupancy.

Past homes built for the fundraising project were completed in 30 days. “As far as we know, nothing has been built in eight days in Red Deer as far as homes,” said Jeff McPhee of Laebon Homes on Monday.

McPhee is project manager with Laebon for the house site at 2 Trimble Close.

“We thought we’d give ourselves a challenge and see how quick we could build one.”

With the foundation already in place, workers were on site at 4:30 a.m. on Monday to start framing the 1,100-square-foot home. The house will be for sale at a price of almost $300,000.

Money raised through the sale of the home will go to support Kids Cancer Care and Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter.

Construction crews and suppliers donate time and materials and it’s the first year Laebon Homes has led the project.

McPhee said workers will be arriving early and staying late to finish the home. People living nearby were alerted of the project and gave it their support, even though they may be waking up earlier than usual.

“Neighbouring people have just been great.”

He encouraged people to visit the site.

“This evening we’re going put shingles on, windows and doors, and be ready for electricians in the morning.”

Kids Cancer Care programs include Camp Kindle with free camp programs year-round for Alberta children and families facing childhood cancer.

The camp has nurses on staff to administer medication for children undergoing treatment.

“Just being outdoors is great for me, and being with people who have the same illness so you don’t have to explain yourself. You can just be there,” said Stephen Radu, 19, of Red Deer.

He was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 13.

After surgery, he had to learn how to walk and talk again.

In September, he’ll be attending Red Deer College.

Last year, Build a Kid To Cure and Golf a Kid to Cure tournament raised $160,000 for charity.

Golf a Kid to Cure will be held on Aug. 24 at Alberta Spring.

Build A Kid To Cure is presented by Sunny 94 FM, Canadian Home Builders’ Association of Central Alberta and KRAZE 101.3 FM.

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