Local builders team up to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Two local home-builders are joining forces to create one very special house. It's all part of an effort to support children who are critically ill.

Magruder Custom Homes, Pitman Custom Homes and local businesses have partnered in the St. Jude Dream Home Showplace to build a home and donate the sale price to St. Jude. The builders broke ground on their home in College Station's Mission Ranch subdivision on October 30.

Watch KBTX's coverage of the groundbreaking here.

On Friday, McCoy's Building Supply hosted a stud signing and cookout benefiting the project at their location in Bryan.

"The idea behind today is to invite the community to sign the studs that we're going to be using in the house for construction," said Jimmy Pitman with Pitman Custom Homes.

Community members were invited to leave a special message on the studs, or dedicate them to the memory of a loved one.

"We knew St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was a charity we wanted to get behind, not only because of this opportunity. You know, we're fortunate enough to have healthy children, but we know people that have been affected by cancer," said Courtney Pitman, Jimmy's wife.

The Pitman and Magruder families hope the community will help with the project.

"Everybody's donating, everybody’s pitching in, and then we can build the house, and when it sells all of the proceeds from the sale will go directly to St. Jude, meaning that hopefully we're building the house for no cost," said Tyan Magruder with Magruder Custom Homes."

"About 70 percent of it so far has been donated through our suppliers and our trades and just the generous people in our community," said Jimmy Pitman.

The builders hope to have the house completed before the Spring Parade of Homes, at which point it will be available for the public to tour. By donating labor, materials, services and 100% of their profits, the Magruder and Pitman families plan to donate the home's sale price to St. Jude.

The St. Jude Dream Home program is one of the largest single-event fundraisers for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, generating nearly $425 million for research and treatment since 1991 through the construction of more than 500 homes nationwide.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a pediatric hospital that treats catastrophic disease in children, including cancer, inherited immunodeficiency, sickle cell disease, infectious disease and genetic disorders. None of the 7,500 patients treated each year at St. Jude ever receive a bill for their care. Because most of St. Jude's funding comes from donors, the hospital says they have the freedom to focus on what matters most, saving children no matter their financial situation.

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped increase the childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% since the hospital opened their doors in 1962. Each year, St. Jude conducts more clinical trials for childhood cancer than any other facility. The hospital shares all of their discoveries for free with doctors around the world.

You can get involved with the Bryan-College Station St. Jude Dream Home Showplace by clicking the link in the Related Links section of this story.