Other speakers during the ribbon cutting included Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, OU Health Sciences Center Department of Pediatrics Chairman Terrence Stull and donor Tim Fowler.
Fowler, the father of former pediatric cancer patient Elijah, said his son was diagnosed with cancer when he was about six weeks old.
During the boy’s course of treatment, Fowler said they stayed in a similar home as OK Kids Korral in New York City.
There, Fowler said his family formed life-long friendships that helped sustain them through their trials.
When Fowler heard about OK Kids Korral, he knew he had to get involved. Fowler donated wood flooring that is used in the building.
“This will be a place of hope, a community of hope,” Fowler said.
Elijah, now 5, assisted Keith and other OK Kids Korral advisory council members in cutting the ribbon for the building.
Nees-Bright said the home is anticipated to open in the next two weeks after it finishes clearing inspections.
Pediatric cancer patients staying in the home will be referred to the facility by their social worker or doctor. Operating costs are covered by donations, Nees-Bright said.
To keep operating costs low, Nees-Bright said volunteers will be needed to assist in making meals and other maintenance responsibilities.
“Volunteers will really be the heart of the home,” she said.
For more information about OK Kids Korral, visit the website tobykeithfoundation.org.
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