3-year-old Va. boy fighting cancer surprised with new backyard playset

- A 3-year-old Virginia boy battling cancer was surprised with a new playset that was constructed by a group of volunteers at his home.

The Roc Solid Foundation, a non-profit organization “that builds hope for kids and families facing pediatric cancer,” put together the playset for Luke Roman, who was diagnosed in June with Wilms tumor, a rare kidney cancer that typically affects children.

Luke’s new playset is part of the foundation’s Play It Forward initiative, which has completed around 250 projects that involve building custom playsets for children between the ages 1 and 8 fighting cancer and room makeovers for kids between 8 and 18 years old.

Twelve cyclists participating in Roc the Ride, a 3-day, 270-mile cycling trip from Washington D.C. to Richmond to Norfolk that is raising money and bringing attention for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, were also surprised on Tuesday as they made a pit stop at the Romans’ home to help build Luke’s backyard play area before they begin their bike ride in the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

The cyclists arrived at Luke’s Fredericksburg home Tuesday morning to join other volunteers putting together his new playhouse. While the group was constructing the playset, Luke and his family were whisked away by limousine to enjoy an activity of Luke’s choosing.

Several hours later when he arrived home, Luke finally got to see and enjoy the final product in his backyard. In addition to the playset, Luke also got a battery-powered Range Rover car to cruise in.

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