A Christmas gift one family won't soon forget

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by TODD UNGER / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 9:22 AM

DENTON — It is a Christmas gift that one family still can't believe.

"It's a big change from last year," said Stephanie Perry.

On Sunday afternoon, the Perry family got a first look at the handiwork of about 30 volunteers who spent the weekend redoing part of their house through a new charity called Sunshine Spaces.

The Perrys' youngest daughter, Brielle, has both Down syndrome and cancer. Through $6,000 of private donations — and even more donated materials and man hours from Denton businesses — Sunshine Spaces was able to make over the bedrooms of Brielle and her older sister, Reese.

A family room was also outfitted with new paint, a popcorn machine and more.

"This has completely restored our faith in everybody," said Ryan Perry, Brielle's dad.

Erica Jones, who helped start Sunshine Spaces with her husband, said the decision to help the Perrys was an easy one.

"They are such a good family," she told WFAA.

Brielle's cancer is in remission, according to her mom. But there could be more treatment necessary in February.

WFAA first profiled the family's courageous battle earlier this year.

The couple says their family is overjoyed at the gift during a time of year when it matters most.

E-mail tunger@wfaa.com 

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