BOISE-- The home of an 8-year-old cancer survivor is getting a makeover in eight days.
The community of Parma is making the house a healthier place to live, so when Gage Driskell leaves the hospital in eight days, it will be ready for him.
Many people are donating their time and materials to make the homea perfect fit for Gage's wheelchair, his healthconditionand his youthful age.
In less than 3 months, 8-year-old Gage has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, undergone two surgeries to remove it, and is now going through intense physical and speech therapy.
The cancer is gone but it left behind another health problem: Gage's movement and speech is gone. He now has the task of relearning the basics of life.
It's so frustrating to see him go through everything you know because his brain knows all of this, it affects the cerebellum and that's what tells your muscles how to coordinate, said Gage's father Jacob Driskell.
Jacob Driskell waits with his son at the hospital until the day they both can go home. When they return, they'll be walking into something very different.
Neighbor Rhonda Price-Tucker and Parma Police Chief Albert Erickson organized the effort to give the Driskell house a major makeover.
Monday was Day 1.
Everything about it was dirty and messy. And we don't know what caused it to be that but we know we had to make it better because when Gage comes out of the hospital he needs a clean place, said Erickson.
It needs to be mold free, it needs to be sanitary because his whole immune system is compromised with this major chemotherapy, Price-Tucker said.
Now tradesman and volunteers work around the clock to get the house ready for Gage when he returns on June 8.
Some curious onlookers have stopped by the home only to stay and help.
I just had one gentleman come up to me and say I am so blessed to be here. I am so glad to help, said Price-Tucker.
And that help is felt by the Driskells miles away at a Boise hospital.
Gage is so excited to go home and see what they're doing, said Jacob Driskell. To see them pull them together and do this for us in our time of need, tell you what. It fills my heart.
It's a welcoming place to live and we want it to stay that way, said Price-Tucker.
The Parma volunteers have done a lot but in order to finish up, they need donations of money, furniture, appliances and toys.
Tell us where we need to go. We will come pick it up, said Erickson.
His father says the boy is doing well, but he has yet to begin at least a year of chemotherapy.
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