Groundbreaking held for second Kansas St. Jude Dream Home


DERBY, Kan. (KSNW) – The groundbreaking event for the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home took place on Tuesday.

The 3,814 sq. ft. home, which is expected to be completed by April of 2017, is in the Oaks Neighborhood in Derby. It includes 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a bonus room above the garage, a wine room, a craft room and a man cave.

“There’s going to be a wet bar in there, a sofa, TVs. It’s going to be like the ultimate place to hang out with your buddies,” said Nies Homes spokesperson Curtis Cowgill.

Nies Homes headed construction of the 2016 Dream Home. It is doing the same for the 2017 home.

“It’s such a great cause and it’s really rewarding to see the community come together and just helping out the kids, couldn’t ask for a better charity to be apart of,” Cowgill said. “We are anxious to get started on this home and we have a quick build time again, so we are ready to go.”

The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway benefits St. Jude patients like Wichita’s Bella Bush.

“We have been tallying, kind of keeping track of medical bills we could have received from them and we are nearing in 4 years now, close to $1 million and have never received a bill,” said Bella’s Dad Josh Bush.

Bella, 5, has been battling a brain tumor since 2012. Her new treatment costs $13,000 a month.

“That’s 28 pills, $468 a day and it’s something that we just wouldn’t have,” Bush said. “St. Jude makes it possible, but ultimately it’s the donors that get on board that help make this possible.”

People can reserve their $100 tickets to win the dream home in March of 2017. There are only 8,500 tickets. In 2016, the tickets sold out in six days.

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