Abington boy with cancer gets dream treehouse

ABINGTON, MA (WHDH) - A local organization made a young boy’s wish come true with some wood, nails, and hard work.

The 8-year-old has been battling cancer, so the Make a Wish Foundation came together Saturday afternoon to build him the treehouse of his dreams.

The banging, buzzing, and delicate strokes of a paintbrush were all part of a plan to help Connor Blaney of Abington.

About a year ago, Connor was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms tumor, a form of kidney cancer.

He had to undergo surgery followed by chemotherapy, which was a tough time for the soon-to-be third grader.

“The treehouse building shows is one of his favorites,” Connor’s father Paul said. “We used to watch it together especially during treatments – we would enjoy those together, and the idea popped into his head.”

That’s when Make a Wish in Massachusetts and Rhode Island decided to team up with Delphi Construction to help make Connor’s dream come true.

Delphi donated all of the materials, and dozens of the company’s workers spent their Saturday building the incredible creation.

“He’s an amazing kid,” CEO of Delphi Construction Jake Simmons said. “We’ve been treating him as our client. First time he came out he gave us a whole wish list and we’re hoping that we hit it all today.”

Connor wanted to make sure he stayed far away from the construction site so he could be surprised when he saw it.

In addition to a zip line, the tree mansion also has its own bridge, and even a rope ladder.

A child’s dream is becoming reality thanks to hard work – and lots of love.

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