Special home remodel for Frankford teen battling cancer

Watch the report from Action News' Amy Buckman.
March 23, 2014 4:42:23 PM PDT
A young man in Frankford, battling cancer, now has a "newer" place to call home thanks to the Flyers Wives charity.

It was a hero's homecoming for 17-year-old Jose Toledo and his family on Simon Street in Frankford.

Jose is battling brain cancer, and while his mom Belinda, dad Jose, and brother Justin have been taking care of him, the Flyers' wives have been renovating the family's home.

"What we do is a bedroom mini home makeover for a family who is stricken with a child that has a chronic disease," said Doreen Holmgren.

"We try every year to get involved in as many ways as we can. This is just our signature project that we work on all year long to help someone who really needs it," said Nicole Warnecke.

Many of the players joined their wives and girlfriends for Sunday's big reveal.

"It's a great thing to be here and I'm excited for reaction of the family," said Jakub Voracek.

"I just can't wait until he gets here, to see his smile on his face - it will be awesome," said Wayne Simmonds.

Jose's dad carried him up to his new room...

There, Jose can relax, while watching his favorite Marc Anthony videos, or listening to salsa music on his new Beats headphones and iPod.

However he's not the only one who will enjoy the renovations.

The family's unused basement was transformed into a master bedroom suite with access directly outside, making it easier for Belinda to get Jose to appointments.

The kitchen was also redone as well.

Jose's family has done a lot to take care of him during his illness and in a way the redesigned house is a way for him to give back to them.

"It's bittersweet. If it wasn't for his situation, we wouldn't be here. We're all still really happy and hopefully his recovery will be a miracle coming soon," said Belinda, Jose's mom.


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