SPOKANE, Wash. - A transformation is underway at Spokane's Cowley Park.
On Saturday, volunteers untangled lights, laid them out, clipped in, and fired up the crane. It's not your average Christmas light setup. Crews had to use a crane to reach the top of the towering trees at the park. It's worth it, though, for the kids at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital right across the street.
Logan Temple, 19, was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. His latest visit to Sacred Heart lasted 26 days. On Saturday, KXLY 4's Mark Peterson peeked into Temple's room and told him to look out the window.
"I looked out and saw this huge crane putting these lights up on these massive trees and it was just crazy," Temple said.
Temple had a front row view to the KXLY 4 Extreme teams hard day at work as they lifted, taped, and strung up lights throughout Cowley Park. Volunteer Lance Pounder was high up in the crane when he explained why he's part of this project.
"This is cool for these kids. Sometimes there will be one we can wave at," Pounder said.
He's one of the people in charge of stringing $12,000 worth of donated lights to shine bright for all the children away from home this holiday season.
Teresa Kempton has been a nurse at the children's hospital for nine years and said the kids loved the lights last year.
"It kind of makes you feel a little bit more like you're at home," Kempton said. "They just love when they look out the window. They love seeing it."
It was clear by the smile on Temple's face that he was enjoying the sight, but the lights weren't the only thing putting a smile on his face.
"I am in remission now. So, I'm super stoked about that," Temple said.
He said he'll be back for the lighting at 6:30 Wednesday night.
For those who can't make it, KXLY 4 News will be broadcasting live when Peterson flips the switch and lights up the park.
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