Hanover firefighters built a playhouse to surprise a local girl recovering from cancer

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — A 6-year-old Hanover girl battling cancer is coming home to a big surprise on Saturday.

Hanover firefighters and EMS workers are building a playhouse for Sawyer Perkins. She has been in the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis since May.


The little girl has successfully had two tumors removed and is undergoing treatment. This weekend, Sawyer is coming home to find a big wish granted.

“Helping people is what we do for a living, so being able to make a little girl’s dream come true is an easy choice,” Steve Phillips with the Hanover Fire Department told 8News Reporter Nakell Williams.

Nearly a dozen firefighters and EMS workers spent the half the day Friday embellishing a donated shed.


“On the inside, we are going to make a loft so she can play with her toys. We are going to put some of her favorite colors,  and we are going to put some lights in it and an air conditioner in it,” said Steve Phillips.

00A6561AA094499F91F18C61E8720920The firefighters expect to have the playhouse completed and delivered in time Sawyer’s arrival Saturday. Family, friends and neighbors are planning a welcome home gathering for Sawyer at 7:30 p.m.

“That’s good that she’s coming home, and I hope that she’s in remission. I’m anxious to find out,” neighbor Scott Gillespie said.

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