St. Jude Dream Homes bring hope for local family

DERBY, Kansas – Every journey begins with a first step. For the Bush family, after finding out their 18-month-old daughter Bella had a rare form of cancer that was affecting her optic nerve, it was matter of getting help.

“We looked for help here in Wichita, in Kansas City, nobody could help us,” said Josh Bush, “so we began to look nationwide and finally St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital says we can help you out.”

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Bella Bush as she goes through her journey with cancer treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The hospital does groundbreaking work to help with pediatric cancer among other diseases. For three years, Bella has received treatment at the facility.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

“If you think about brain surgery, chemotherapy, all the different testings she’s had, it’s probably about a half a million dollars over the course of three years now,” said Bush.

However, because Bella is at St. Jude, the family hasn’t had to pay a dime. St. Jude offers all of its care without charge to families, spending nearly $2 million a day just to keep things running on a daily basis.

“They give children hope and their families love and kindness and incredible world-class healthcare,” said Bill Farha, a local ambassador for the hospital.

So how do they run? All donations and fundraisers. One such fundraiser is the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

Tuesday, Derby became the first city in the state to have a home being built after laws were changed to allow the program to come to Kansas. The home will feature five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms overlooking a golf course. It has an estimated value of $400,000, but people interested in buying in only need to reserve a ticket for $100 starting in March.

How do I participate?

Wichita’s St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house features more than 1,950 finished main-level square-feet and features five bedrooms and a three-car garage. The home will be located in Lookout Pointe in Derby’s The Oaks. Nies Homes is the company heading off the construction.

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St. Jude Dream Home rendering

Starting in mid-March, you can win your chance for the home. There will only be 6,500 $100 tickets available.

Visitors will get their chance to see the custom Nies Homes’ 2016 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house at open houses every Saturday and Sunday, beginning April 16, 2016. The lucky winning ticket will be drawn May 25, 2016 and announced on KSN.

Since it’s creation in 1991, the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway has given away more than 394 homes and has raised more than $320 million to help save the lives of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Stay tuned to KSN, we’ll be following the progress of the house as it’s built and letting you know about other prizes and opportunities that are available for you to win.

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