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Volunteers build playgrounds for kids with cancer

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Dozens of people are pulling out their tool boxes and giving kids with cancer a special surprise.

Playgrounds are cropping up in their backyards.

Lila Giroux has spent the majority of her childhood in the hospital. Today, she spent it outside - playing just like any other kid.

The happy four-year-old suffers from an inoperable brain tumor, one doctors discovered when she was 15 months old.

“This has taught us all a different way of living and a new appreciation for life in general,” says her father,

“We pray for a miracle and those can happen and until then, we fight,” says her mother, Nicole Giroux.

The Roc Solid Foundation and Keller-Williams Realty dedicated a day to build hope for Lila and two other Maryland kids battling cancer.

It's an annual effort called Playing It Forward. Hospitals nominate deserving families.

"When you see the child come around the corner, it never gets old,” says Eric Newman, Roc Solid Foundation Founder and a pediatric cancer survivor. “For that moment, the child is doing the one thing that comes natural is to play and the parents are right behind them and they're not thinking about how sick their kid is.”

Lila's family started The Lilabean Foundation in her honor for pediatric brain research. They also hand out bracelets that say "Lila's Army" to drum up support.

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