The homes are rapidly rising at a once empty Copper Creek subdivision street. But when the snow melts, one of them will stand just a little taller than its neighbors.
Sanford Children's Miracle Network and a local builder announced a building partnership Tuesday. Proceeds from a single-family home sale could raise more than $500,000 for CMN.
“When we started talking about this and approached Sanford, I knew it was a good idea, but I didn't know how easy it was going to be,” Sioux Falls builder Larry Weissenburger said.
Weissenburger and his wife, Rachael, are set to break ground on a miracle this month -- a new single-family home. The Weissenburgers say more than 60 percent of the contracting work to build the house has already been donated. They're working to find someone to do the rest, hoping profits from the entire $500,000 price tag will go to the Children's Miracle network.
“We raise money to help individual families, to make a difference in the lives of sick and injured children at Sanford Children's,” Amy Sumner with Children’s Miracle Network said.
For the parents of Jerzey Meeks that means a lot.
“We found out before she was born she was going to be born with multiple heart problems. We call them problems because they're fixable,” Jerzey’s father, Allen Meeks, said.
Meeks has had four open heart surgeries since she was born. The family received help from CMN even though Jerzey's operations couldn't be done in Sioux Falls. This now healthy little girl is the face of the building campaign because Sanford hopes one day they can.
“Our main goal is to increase pediatric specialists so we can treat kids as close to home as possible,” Sumner said.
Children's Miracle Network funding makes work at Sanford Children's possible. More than 40,000 patients walk through the hospital doors each year.
This is the first year of the Building Miracles For Kids campaign. The Weissenburgers are committing to building one house every two years. Get more information online.