Young cancer patient finds two unlikely friends at a construction site
Vivian Keith of St. Louis was only two years old when doctors gave her a terrifying diagnosis; the little girl with the golden curls was suffering from leukemia. Her life became a series of hospital visits and excruciating chemotherapy treatments. But, by a stroke of good luck, there was something that always seemed to cheer little Vivian up.
Directly across from the hospital was a massive construction site, where together with a team of others, Travis Barnes and Greg Combs worked on the steel scaffolding. Vivian was practically glued to her window on the ninth floor to observe all the happenings, happily distracting her from otherwise dreary and painful days. "Every morning she woke up and went to the window to wave," remembered Vivian's mother Ginger Keith. "And we had to wave until someone waved back!"
The waving game became their daily ritual. One morning, the two-year-old was having a particularly bad day. Despite how ill she was feeling, Vivian insisted on going to the window to wave to the men. But instead of waving back, Travis and Greg pointed to one of the steel beams where they had written "Get well soon!" in big letters.
But, that wasn't all: after waving to Vivian for months, Travis and Greg personally came to visit her in the hospital to meet their biggest fan. They also got a hug from her parents, who were truly touched by the kind gesture. "I thought about my own kids and how valuable life is," Travis Barnes said with tears in his eyes. "It makes me happy that something so simple like that could make someone's day better!"
It was an unforgettable and emotional moment for all involved. "I thank them so much for making Vivian's visit so better," said mom Ginger. In the following days, Vivian would continue to sit at the window and wave. But this time, there were no strangers to wave back, rather new friends.
These two warm-hearted construction workers brought a curious and loving two-year-old a ton of smiles during a rough time in her life. Vivian's chances of a full recovery are surely boosted by having such a great team of positive well-wishers to brighten her day. Nicely done, Travis and Greg!