You might remember hearing about the two construction workers who sent a special message to a little girl undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital last month.
Travis Barnes and Greg Combs – both members of Ironworkers Local 396 – noticed the toddler and her mom waving at them through a ninth-floor window while they were working on the campus renewal project at Barnes-Jewish and the children’s hospital, reported KSDK-TV’s Mike Bush in a recent “Making a Difference” series.
Barnes and Combs waved back for weeks until one day they decided to send two-year-old Vivian Keith a note spray-painted on one of the construction beams. It read, “Get well soon.” Shortly afterward, the ironworkers met with Vivian and her family to exchange hugs and gifts.
In an interview with today.com, Ginger Keith, Vivian’s mom, said: “It (the gesture) was so sweet. It’s hard for (Vivian) to grasp the extent of it, but we know. And I know she’s not the only one they were waving at – a lot of kids play in the window. It just means so much. That they’re taking the time, that they’re doing this for the kids.”
On Saturday, Sept. 27, Barnes and Combs – along with their union family at Ironworkers Local 396 – are opening their hearts once again by holding a fundraiser to help offset costs for Vivian’s ongoing medical expenses.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Milo’s Bocce Garden, 5201 Wilson Ave. in St. Louis. It will include a two-man bocce tournament and a 50/50 raffle. All St. Louis building trades are invited.