Many people work toward realizing their own dream home, but one little girl from western Wisconsin suffering from cancer got to see her dream house become a reality thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Purple -- that's all she wanted, and it's certainly what she got in her 12-by-12 home. Construction workers spent all day out in the sun working on their professional projects, but after hearing Juliana Urbach's story, the six men who built the home didn't hesitate to volunteer for a new one.
Juliana, 3, knows at one glance that this house is hers. That's because it's purple, her favorite color.
"She thinks she's moving in," Jessica Urbach joked.
The new playhouse is a much-needed pick-me-up for the family, because Juliana was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer, at just 14 months. At that time, the Urbachs were approached by Make-a-Wish Foundation Wisconsin.
"We didn't want it to be our wish. We felt, at the time, she didn't know what was going on by making a wish when she was 14 months," Jessica Urbach explained. "So, we put it off as long as we could so it was something she really wanted."
Recently, Juliana asked for her dream house.
"The only thing she wanted was a purple house," Jessica Urbach said.
Nobody knew exactly what it would look like, how big it would be -- until Ross & Associates showed up. The construction crew out of River Falls donated their time and materials and -- in just over 8 hours -- they put the house together. Juliana came home to the surprise.
"She didn't say anything, she just smiled from ear to ear," Jessica Urbach said. "When I put her down she ran into the house."
Dan Ross, owner of Ross & Associates, told FOX 9 News that when she opened the door, "her smile hit everybody."
"It was breathtaking because you could see how happy she was and we made a moment for her," Ross said. "That was reward enough. Words can't express it."
By the way, the color is not just any old purple.
"When I went to put the can in the basement, I noticed it was called 'brave purple,'" Jessica Urbach said. "That's the one thing we've always talked to Juliana about when she does scans or goes for her appointments is just to be brave. So, for them to choose 'brave purple' makes it extra special."
For the Urbachs, the house will always stand as a symbol of Juliana's bravery.
"It was more than we could have ever imagined," Jessica Urbach said. "It's a little perfect purple house."
Right now, there is no sign of Juliana's cancer; however, it will be a few years until doctors can deem her cancer-free. For now, the Jessica Urbach says the prognosis is excellent.