June 2, 2014
An Orange County group is helping to make a dream come true for a little girl who's fighting cancer. All she ever wanted was her very own chicken coop so that she could show her own chickens at the Orange County Fair. Now a group called Shining Hands is making that dream come true.
7-year-old Savannah Cox has a rare form of cancer and spends most of her time in the hospital.
"She's a lot stronger than I ever thought I could be. I've never seen so much energy in a small package," said Bruce Cox, Savannah's grandfather.
Although she's been very sick, Savannah has never given up on her one wish. That's getting her own chicken coop.
"No child should ever go through that and to not be able to go to school and not be able to see your friends and then just have this wish fulfilled for her...just that joy and sparkle in her eye is just unbelievable," said Janet Butler, Shining Hands.
The group called Shining Hands helped to put some of that sparkle in Savannah's eye. That's because they're responsible for building the coop that now sits in her yard.
"Kids especially are really close to my heart and especially kids with cancer. I just thought it was a super good project," said Monte Hickman," Shining Hands.
For days, the team worked hard to make the space perfect for Savannah.
"It was amazing to see everybody come together and put it all together, get painted and get delivered down here. Everybody just enjoyed doing it and we all had a good time," said Joey Lee, Shining Hands.
"That was probably actually one of the greatest gifts. The most rewarding experience you can have is to know that you have done something for someone and to see the excitement to know that you've brought them some level of happiness," said Carol Lee, Shining Hands.
From the signs and doors to the special messages on the ceiling, the group says Savannah's coop was built with love.
"Each one of us put scripture on the top of the chicken coop so when the little girl comes out she knows it's about God.It ain't about us. We're doing His work," said Wayne Butler, Shining Hands.
Although, Savannah hasn't gotten to spend a whole lot of time in her coop, she has enjoyed the few moments that she's gotten to hanging out with the chickens.
"It means a lot. She's already talking about green eggs and ham," said Cox.
While little Savannah is going through much more than some other kids her age, the group says they hope this coop can help take her mind off some of her medical treatments and let her focus on having fun and being a kid again.