Groundbreaking Thursday for St. Jude Dream Home 2014

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ST. PETERS (KPLR) – Crews started moving dirt and building the next St. Jude Dream Home Thursday morning. The house is to be raffled off to raise funds for kids fighting deadly chronic illnesses.

Viewers can have their chance to win a home, valued at $510,000. But, workers had to build the house first. So, staff from the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway and Payne Family Homes gathered in St. Peters to break ground on the newest site. There was one man, who said he was happy to see another groundbreaking.

“It was back in the 1980’s, a long time ago, when I was treated for leukemia at St. Jude,” said St. Jude Dream Home Director Brian Doyle. He was 12 years old, when he was diagnosed. “Back then, we had a four-percent survival rate. Now, it’s a 94-percent survival rate at St. Jude.”

This home will be the latest in a 22-year effort to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The facility helps children fight diseases like cancer and sickle-cell. The nationwide Dream Home Giveaway has helped the hospital raise more than $270-million for research and treatment.

You can start purchasing raffle tickets for just $100 starting in June 2014.