Crews break ground at site of St. Jude Dream Home - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Crews break ground at site of St. Jude Dream Home

Officials broke ground at the site of the new St. Jude Dream Home Tuesday morning in Collierville.  The home will be given away as part of a contest to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

Thursday marked the ninth time supporters broke ground on a home for the contest.

"The huge support we've received this year really started the house off with a lot of enthusiasm," said Susan Aguillard, a board member at St. Jude.

This year, builders from Southern Serenity Homes will pick up the construction tab for the project.

"This thing is loaded to the gills," Southern Serenity's Greg Bridges said.

For a $100 fee, entrants can be eligible to win the home.  Proceeds will help St. Jude continue to offer free treatment to children with cancer and other diseases.

Lee Hood, present at Tuesday's groundbreaking, said funds raised from past Dream Home Giveaways helped his son Jack get treatment for Kidney Cancer.

"Words can't describe it," he said. "You walk in the doors with all hope lost, and they start to give that hope back. They take care of the family, the child, everything."
And what St. Jude has done for Jack they've done for thousands of other youngsters over the years.

"He's one hundred percent healthy," Hood said.

 "I feel like we will get a lot of community support from this one," Aguillard said. "You know, we can't do it without the community's support. This one's special because it costs a lot of money to run that hospital on a daily basis, and this is a great fundraiser for us."

In fact, dream home contests have raised $6 million for St. Jude over the past eight years.

Organizers said in addition to the home, tickets for the giveaway will also make entrants eligible for a list of prizes valued over $1,000.

Tickets for the St. Jude Dream Home will go on sale March 1, 2008.  The winner will be selected June 22, 2008.  You can call 1-800-334-6681 to reserve your ticket.

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