Flyers Wives remodel home for 9-year-old in Juniata Park

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With the snip of a ribbon, 9-year-old Bisan Abu Ali was off to explore her newly remodeled home Sunday in the city's Juniata Park section. (WPVI)

With the snip of a ribbon, 9-year-old Bisan Abu Ali was off to explore her newly remodeled home Sunday in the city's Juniata Park section.

Bisan has progressive optic pathway glioma - a tumor that's pressing on her optic nerve, affecting her vision.

Her family was chosen as the recipient of this year's Philadelphia Flyers Wives Building Hope for Kids project.

"It's amazing. Beautiful. No words. I can't find words to explain how thankful we are for everyone that helped us to make this dream come true," said Sana Abu Ali, mother.

For five years, the wives have teamed up with an organization called Michael's Way to renovate the home of a chronically ill child at Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children.

Bisan tells us her favorite part of the house is her room.

The 9-year-old, her twin sister, Bushra, and their 8-year-old sister, Balsam, couldn't wait to see their new space.

"The three girls share a bedroom, and the room had three single beds in there that were very cramped," said Doreen Holmgren of the Philadelphia Flyers Wives. "You couldn't even close the door."

Bisan wrote the Flyers Wives a thank you note, thanking them not only for renovating her home, but also for giving her and her sisters their very own set of bunk beds.

The Flyers Wives said this job was especially fun because they got to give the bedroom a more feminine touch.

"It was so fun because this is the first year that we've actually done a girl, which is really awesome. We had a lot of fun with it.

"Sana told us that the girls liked peach. So we tried to incorporate peach, but we also wanted to make it work with them as they got older so we used grey and white tones," said Crystal Corey, Wayne Simmonds' Girlfriend.

The wives did more than the girls' bedroom, they also renovated the kitchen, living room and basement. Players and coaches were on hand for the unveiling to see the hard work of their wives and girlfriends.

"That's when you really can tell the impact that you have when you see their faces and you see them light up," said Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers.

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