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Make-A-Wish Builds Lego House for Cancer Patient (PIOG)

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Make-A-Wish Colorado Builds Playhouse Out Of 12,000 Legos For Alexander, Boy Recovering From Cancer (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted: 05/ 1/2012 2:41 pm Updated: 05/ 2/2012 6:37 pm

Lego Playhouse

Sunday, April 30, was World Wish Day -- a day The Make-A-Wish Foundation doesn't take lightly. And if you were Alexander, a 6-year-old in Colorado, the day won't soon be forgotten.

For five weekends prior to World Wish Day, a crew of 20 volunteers worked to build a playhouse in Alexander's basement. Not an uncommon wish for most 6-year-olds. Alexander's playhouse, though, was made almost entirely out of Legos.

The group utilized 50 large gray plates on the outside of the house for "siding," and an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 blocks for other elements of the construction. The house also includes a built-in loft with a bed, pull-out couch, and TV. Other amenities? Lego pillowcases and family pictures framed, of course, with Legos.

There's also a mailbox and a life-size Lego man at the front entrance, presenting a golden Lego on a key chain.

Make-A-Wish purchased most of the Legos; the rest were donated by the Colorado and Wyoming Lego User Group (yes, that actually exists). Volunteers from United Health Care also contributed to the 50-hour effort.

“This is such a creative wish and it has been a wonderful group effort,” said Ashlee Carey, Wish Coordinator with Make-A-Wish Colorado in a statement.

According to the Daily Camera, Alexander was diagnosed with a rare soft-tissue cancer this fall. After several rounds of chemotherapy it's currently in remission.

When Alexander grows up and no longer plays with the house, the family intends to donate it, writes KDVR.

Make-A-Wish Colorado told The HuffPost the group grants 250 wishes annually and this "was one of the most thoughtful and creative wishes" the group has received.

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jerzeetomato
by on May. 3, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Elyssa414
by Silver Member on May. 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM
What a great wish!!!! It made me cry. It's so amazing how hard they work and how much they do for wish kids... They just go so far above and beyond your wildest dreams!

The MAW Foundation granted my son's wish two years ago, after his last two brain surgeries! Best week of his (and our) lives!
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kokyuhomama
by on May. 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Amazing!  I can't wait to show this to my 11 year old later today. Thanks for posting.

Punkie74
by Ruby Member on May. 3, 2012 at 1:18 PM

That's so cool!!

TAG2.0
by on May. 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Beautiful

yourpassion
by Gold Member on May. 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM
That's cool!!! I like it too because it can keep giving when he's outgrown it.
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MamaBear2cubs
by Nikki on May. 3, 2012 at 2:22 PM

How wonderful!

taniamorse85
by Bronze Member on May. 5, 2012 at 4:07 AM

I can't help but smile when I read MAW stories.  It's amazing what lengths they're willing to go to for some wishes.


I hope Alexander enjoys his playhouse, and kudos to them for planning to donate it when he no longer uses it.


I was a MAW kid myself.  I received a laptop from them (this was the '90s, so it was really basic), and they sent me to Camp ASCCA three summers in a row.  The laptop sucked, but I will never forget those summers at ASCCA.

Elyssa414
by Silver Member on May. 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Awesome!! :)

Quoting taniamorse85:

I can't help but smile when I read MAW stories.  It's amazing what lengths they're willing to go to for some wishes.


I hope Alexander enjoys his playhouse, and kudos to them for planning to donate it when he no longer uses it.


I was a MAW kid myself.  I received a laptop from them (this was the '90s, so it was really basic), and they sent me to Camp ASCCA three summers in a row.  The laptop sucked, but I will never forget those summers at ASCCA.

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