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Neighbors give ailing Four Oaks teen NC State man-cave

Posted December 26, 2014

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— The perfect Christmas gift doesn't always come with pretty wrappings and a colorful bow. For 14-year-old Colin Carberry, his gift came from the support of a community banding together.

Colin was diagnosed with leukemia last summer and has endured more than 120 chemotherapy treatments in the past four months.

"I think he's coped with it pretty well," grandfather John Hatcher said. "He has not complained. He's not a complainer."

Colin's wish during his treatment was to have a man-cave outfitted in Wolfpack colors and paraphernalia in honor of his beloved North Carolina State University teams.

When the Make-A-Wish Foundation wasn't in a position to grant the wish, the Johnston County Homebuilders Association rallied the community and got to work.

The cabinets, paint, bricks and everything else that went into the building was donated by Four Oaks residents, and volunteers built the man-cave in less than a month.

"Oh, they've been behind it 100 percent," builder Jay Grady said of the community. "If we've got something that needs to be done, they're ready to do it."

On Christmas Eve, Colin returned home between treatments and received a warm community welcome.

"It's what Christmas is all about – the love and giving that people are wanting to do for this little fellow," family friend Pat Moore said.

Colin was left almost speechless when he saw the man-cave minutes after arriving home.

"Awesome," he said. "I like it all."

With his next round of chemotherapy starting Monday, he wasted no time taking advantage of the man-cave.

"It's going to give that young man more energy to fight and strive," builder Terry Parker said. "Hopefully, it will, and he will get to come and enjoy this for years to come."

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  • dws Dec 26, 2014

    A great account of giving, something we all should do more of, be it large or small.