News 12 First at Five / Friday, Dec. 16, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- There are only 23 in the entire country and one of them will be right here in Augusta because of you.
We're talking about a special home for women coping with cancer. It's been in the works for years and Friday, the Lydia Project is one very important step closer to building that home.
Thanks to donations and the Lydia Project, a nonprofit group who helps women deal with cancer, we'll soon welcome the Daksha Chudgar Lydia House.
For quite some time, it's been a vision. A blueprint.
"There's so many houses in the world, but there are no houses for the patients," said Dr. Bipin Chudgar.
It became Chudgar's vision when cancer touched his own life.
"She fought for 20 months. We tried everything, nothing worked. She was well known in town, but unfortunately she couldn't fight the cancer," Chudgar said.
After a successful medical career herself, his wife, Daksha Chudgar, lost her battle with cancer in 2009.
This house is a tribute to her.
"This ADA-accessible house will feature 12 patient rooms, each with two full beds," announced Lydia Board President Jerry Renbarger.
It will be a two-story, 9,000 square foot respite home.
"Why not have a house kind of like the Ronald McDonald House or The Fischer House, but a place where women can come stay a few nights to regain strength?" Renbarger said.
On Friday, alongside Lydia Project volunteers, the mayor and other officials, that vision took root as they broke ground at the future site near Doctors Hospital.
"It's wonderful, it's emotionally wonderful," Chudgar said. "There are no words to say about that."
There are no words to describe a vision that is now taking shape for a building to help rebuild lives.
They will need about $2 million to get the respite home up and running. Chudgar contributed $500,000 and the rest is all coming with your help.
They say they hope to open up and start taking patients by April around the anniversary of Dr. Daksha Chudgar's death.
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