Dozens of firefighters from Oakland Township, Auburn Hills, Brandon, Troy and other departments are pitching in to grant the wish of a 13-year-old girl battling an aggressive form of ovarian cancer.
Saturday afternoon, the firefighters and dozens of volunteers gathered to clear the lot at the Oakland Township home of Becca Prange to build a barn and corral for her new horse, Finley.
“We just gotta make it happen; that's all there is to it,” Chief Paul Strelchuk of the Oakland Township fire department said.
Becca and her family are in the Bahamas right now on vacation as a gift from Michigan's Rainbow Connection.
But Becca's bigger wish is to have a horse and a barn.
More than 50 people showed up Saturday, donating their skills as well as their time and energy.
Chief Strelchuk said, “It just goes to show how many great people there are in the world.”
“It is absolutely amazing,” Becca’s grandmother, Sarah Prange, described.
It’s been difficult for her to watch her little girl battle the cancer. The family is praying for a miracle.
Neighbors and volunteers hope the new horse and barn will bring much joy and reprieve to Becca, and give her peace of mind knowing Finley will have a home even after the two have to part.
Prange said, “[Becca] is going to be so happy. She's not even going to believe it when she sees this barn all up and the fence. It's just going to amaze her.”
Volunteers plan to paint the barn Sunday, in time for Becca’s return to the U.S. on Wednesday.