Group builds playset for Virginia boy with leukemia: 'Play defeats cancer'

Playset Built for boy with leukemia
Posted at 12:45 PM, Sep 07, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-07 13:12:10-04

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. – Volunteers surprised a boy from Colonial Heights with a new playset on Tuesday.

Fighting childhood cancer through the power of play is one of the goals of the Virginia-based nonprofit Roc Solid Foundation.

As a result, the group constructs backyard playsets for kids fighting cancer.

"Normal family activities are replaced with doctor’s appointments and treatments that leave kids with weak immune systems – and often the inability to interact in public," officials with the Roc Solid Foundation wrote. "A new backyard playset not only provides a safe, germ-free place to play, but it also gives the child and family an escape from the reality of fighting cancer and a way to create happy memories together."

The group surprised 3-year-old Owen, who is battling leukemia, to spread some joy in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September.

“We want to allow them to come into the backyard and not think about cancer... We just want to take them out of their circumstances and bring them a little bit of joy, hope.”

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