Volunteers build park for boy battling cancer

Volunteers helping build Hero Park, a playground dedicated to Burrillville boy who is battling cancer.

BURRILLVILLE (WPRI) – A brand new park is built for local boy who is battling cancer.

The Department of Public Works, volunteers, family and friends spend time Saturday adding the final touches on a park that is being built for seven year old Tyler Seddon of Burrillville. Tyler is battling leukemia and won the hearts of first responders from all over the country back in February.

The park built in Burrillville will be called Hero Park. It is being made possible all with the help of donations, from the equipment to the landscaping and the manual labor. Even a trucker drove through the night to deliver necessary parts for Saturday’s construction.

Jim Howard is a foreman with Burrillville’s Public Works Department, he says the volunteers range from skilled contractors to families, all of them giving what they can to be part of something bigger than themselves. “I’m sure this is out of the norm for a lot of people.” says Howard “They don’t do a lot of stuff like this, so everyone is really very willing to help.”

Even people who don’t know Tyler were inspired and came out to help. Casey Andrews, a volunteer with Lowe’s Heroes, says “It’s really amazing how one little life can inspire so much of this … It’s just really touching for me. I don’t have any kids of my own, but if I did, I’d hope they would want to be involved in something like this.”

Tyler’s mom, Rachel Seddon, says Tyler loves having a park dedicated to him that he can enjoy with other children. “If there’s anything we know about Tyler, he’s giving you know, he loves to share with everyone and having a park that everyone can be part of is just something that he loves.” Says Rachel.

As for the location of the park, Rachel says there were four different options and the town chose a spot on Victory Highway.

Hero Park is not officially open yet. The foundation and equipment needs to settle for safety reasons, but the volunteers say their kids are already looking forward to playing there.

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