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Playgrounds for children with cancer: Volunteers build sets in backyards

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(WJLA) - One by one, volunteers from Keller Williams and the Roc Solid Foundation visit five area homes to build hope for children fighting cancer. The mission is to fulfill the thing that the kids typically miss out on: a chance to play and be a child.

The program sends each family out for the morning while they get to work in the backyard. When they return, volunteers reveal the family’s new playground.

Five-year-old Addy was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer last year, and has been in remission now for six months.

“I think it’s really fun,” she says. “The best part is the slide because it makes you go bumpy.”

You might recognize the young girl from a recent music video after the Make-A-Wish Foundation made her dreams of becoming a pop star come true.

“This is amazing and unbelievable,” says Addy’s mother, Stacey. “I can’t imagine how much time the kids are gonna spend out here.”

It’s just days before Addy turns another year older, and the community has rallied together to make this birthday one she won’t forget.

“As you can see, she’s just getting her hair back and back to being a normal kid, so the fact that they can put a little normalcy in everyone’s lives is wonderful,” says Stacey.

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