TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A cancer survivor is creating a safe place for kids battling serious illnesses to play. For kids battling cancer, blood disorders, kidney diseases, immune deficiencies and other serious conditions, playgrounds are not safe due to their compromised immune systems. A new indoor play space in the works will be cleaned as much as a hospital, making it safe for immunocompromised kids.
"A place for kids who are sick and they don't have a lot of money. They come here for free," said 7-year-old Lily Taylor. "It'll be as clean or cleaner as the clinics they go to. Instead of having operating equipment or beds to lay on, they will have playground equipment to slide down and climb on and be kids," said dad Brad Taylor. "To see it coming into reality is very surreal."
Lily is cancer-free now, but back when she had cancer, she was so upset she couldn't go out and play. "We drove by a park. She begged me to stop the car and I couldn't," said Brad.
"I was really mad. I remember it. I was so mad. I screamed at him. I cried at him for like two weeks," said Lily. So Brad came up with the idea of Lily's Pad. On Tuesday, Discover donated $50,000 to make Lily's Pad a reality. The space where Lily's Pad is being built was also donated by Phillips Family of Coinless Laundry.
"Lily is such an inspiration behind it. It's easy to walk through tough days when you have someone who's walked such a harder path," said Brad. The goal is to open Lily's Pad in Tempe sometime next year.