When Shiloh plays his music, everything else
goes away. He works the controls, shapes the sounds, and creates the experience. In this
moment, it’s all about the music, and all of the bad things fade: the painful weeks
and months of cancer treatments, the isolation and lonliness of not being able to attend
a regular school, a frightening and risky surgery in a city full of strangers, but for
this brief moment, DJ Shi B rules. (music).
Shiloh was born with a life-threatening immune deficiency. His mom, Lisa, home-schooled him,
so he’d be better protected from illness. I was an only child, so I didn’t go to school.
Growing up I didn’t have a lot of people to hang out with, and as I got older and started
getting involved with other people and started meeting kids, and I stayed positive with what
was going on never feel down about anything. At age 12, Shiloh developed a B-Cell Lymphoma.
A dangerous form of cancer. He received aggressive chemotherapy, and the disease went into remission,
but it returned three years later. Listening to music helped him stay strong and calm in
the face of fear. So, what was it like to have a community around
you that understood where you were at, that understood what you were going through, and
for you to have other young kids around that were dealing with their own issues?
You’re not the only one that’s in the battle. It’s not Lymphoma. Some kids had heart disease,
or some kids had open-heart, diabetes. So, everyone has something wrong with them.
When his mom became seriously ill four years ago, Shiloh and Lisa took care of each other.
Last fall, with Lisa’s health failing, the doctors said Shiloh needed a thymus transplant
– a rare and risky operation in which a donor gland is placed into the thigh. It’s purpose
is to help the body’s T-cells fight off viruses. But shortly after the surgery was scheduled,
Lisa died. Shiloh and his grandma, Cheryl, were faced with traveling from their home
in Coral Spring, FL to Duke University, staying three months to have the procedure and followup
treatments done. That’s where they discovered The Ronald McDonald House.
I think things happen for a reason. Lisa was very sick, and I think the focus transfered
to us because it was such close timing. Without my focus on Shiloh, and that the thymus was
already prepared, and we were going to move forward with transplant, I think it really
kept me going. My focus then transfered from Lisa to Shiloh, and that’s where we are today.
My strength comes through Shiloh. So the Ronald McDonald Charity has really
stepped in at a crucial point. Exactly. I mean, I didn’t have time to plan
anything. I just knew we were going, and Dr. Markert, at Duke, and the Ronald McDonald
House, and the whole Duke organization coordinated with the Miami Children’s Team and basically
set everything for our stay. That was just so many things we didn’t have to worry about.
We just got in the car and drove. We knew when we arrived there that we had a place
to stay. We knew we were going to be together, just the three of us: my husband, myself,
and Shiloh. And then, at that point, was all that really mattered. But they took us to
a level that I never expected. It was a fantastic place to go, and I knew when I checked in
there that we were going to be okay. Recently, Shiloh got to DJ at his prom, organized
through the local hospital home-bound program. It was a star-studded event, and DJ Shi B’s
star shone brightest of all. So, I actually have one of your T-shirts here.
Yup. DJ Shi B. I like it. You know I’m going to
rock this, right? And I want a copy of your first mixed tape. Are you going to make mixed
tapes? I have a few.
Okay. So, you got to send them to me.
I will. Operation Build wishes DJ Shi B all the best
with his music career or whatever it is he chooses to pursue. We know he’ll be great.
Now, we’re going to get started on our project here. In Part 2 of our makeover of the Ronald
McDonald House, Operation Build is going to install new floors, window treatments, countertops,
and more. You don’t want to miss it. In 2002, McDonald’s hosted the first World
Children’s Day to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and other children’s
charities worldwide. (music).
(music). Now for a swing from practical to fun. I brought
in Tommy MacDonald with Pony Tools to help with some wood working projects that families
can do together. So, Tommy, tell me a little about Pony Tools.
Believe it or not, Pony Tools has been around for over 112 years, and it was started by
a woman. How does a woman get into the tool business?
Especially way back then, right? Yeah.
Well, apparently, she had a $5 investment after her husband passed away, and her attorney
told her to go check out this guy who was making these hand clamps. They got together
and forever changed the clamping world. Wow. So, she invested $5 and now here we are.
Yeah, here we are. That’s really beautiful.
The story goes that she went to check on her investment two weeks later, and she never
left the company. Five generations later, they’re still there in Chicago making clamps.
I love that, and that’s a true testament to the company and their ethos. The thing I loved
about Pony Tools when I did a little research, you guys are so committed to giving back and
being a contribution. Yeah, the one thing I love about Pony Tools
is that they never fear where they come from, and they’re always willing to lend a helping
hand, literally, not just because they make clamp – which is a third hand – but helping
their community doing all sorts of things. That’s so great. So, how did you get involved
with Pony because you’re a TV host and a furniture builder?
Exactly. I don’t even work for Pony. I just love their tools. I grew up using tools with
my dad. They’re the orange clamps right here that is in every basement in America.
I remember those. So recognizable. Then, I went to grade school,
and there were tools. I went to middle school, high school, and it was all the same clamps.
Then, when I started my career, they were there. So, I have been building with Pony
Clamps my entire life. That’s so great. So, what are you guys going
to help us with here today at the Ronald McDonald House?
When Pony asked me to come down to the Ronald McDonald House, I started to think about the
kids that were here, and the families that were going to be here, and the projects that
we could build. I know you have a new arts and crafts center here, so we decided to build
this little box because the kids can fill it up with all their arts and crafts and go
do whatever they want to do, right? Yeah.
Then, for the kids who may be a little more sick, who can’t get out of their rooms after
their treatments, we thought building a cool little birdhouse would be great because they
can paint them and we can hang them on the wall, and hopefully some birds will hang out
there and they’ll be able to see a little family living in their house.
I love it. Well, thank you so much. I know these are fairly easy to build, correct?
Really really simple. Great. Well, I’ve got a couple volunteers
in the back, so let’s put it to the test. Alright, let’s put them to work.
Okay. Now Alexi, what’s great about these boxes,
there’s only six pieces of wood. Love it.
Now, who wants to build a box? You guys all here? Alright, cool.
Keep going, a little pressure. Nice. There you go.
Cool, so these are coming together pretty fast.
Yeah, it’s pretty quick, right? So, all we need to do is put the top on it and we’re
good to go. Paint in the hands, but I didn’t get invited
to this party. And you know I’m very partial to birdhouses, but…
Well, you know, I actually found another TV host, so I didn’t quite need you.
What, what? I knew I recognized you. Well, look, I have
some paint here, brushes, sticks, and in case you want to paint these in a tree.
Okay, yeah, I’ll get to work. Excellent guys. Good job.
Thanks, Andrew. Thank, see you later.
(music). It’s time to reveal our Operation Build kitchen
makeover here at the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Lauderdale.
Check out your new kitchen. Wow.
Look at this. This is wonderful.
What do you think? Oh my God. It’s beautiful.
It’s amazing. What do you think about the floors, the countertops,
the backsplash? Beautiful.
Love the contrasts. The countertops are actually made from recycled
glass, and we actually resurfaced the existing counter. So, it was no mess, and this is maintenance
free. Beautiful backsplash to pull together the blue from the dining room. I kind of wanted
the two rooms to feel a nice cohesiveness. And, it’s a fun color and beautiful tile.
Yeah, so we worked with Granite Transformations on that, and they did the whole project which
was really a large project. You have basically three kitchens in one. So, they did an incredible
job and we’re really so grateful for all of their work.
Kohler, they gave us three sinks and three faucets. This faucet is a commercial grade
stainless steel, and it has this amazing little feature.
Oh, wow! So we can have rock concerts and karaoke night.
I love it. And then also BeraTek Industries gave these amazing inventions. This cool little
cell phone shelf, here. You can put electronics there. We’ve got coffee caddies. And then,
one of my favorite things, Clean Smart. This stuff is so awesome. So, it’s hospital-grade
disinfectant and sanitation, but it’s totally safe. No harsh chemicals. So, it’s great for
kids who have immunity problems, and we really wanted to make sure all the kids were safe
while keeping this house clean. We can literally do everything, and gave you a six-month supply
which is great. We’re so grateful to them.
Yes. It matches the backsplash, too, so you can
keep it out everywhere in the kitchen. Alena’s just happy it matches with the backsplash.
It matches so beautifully as well as being a great product.
Exactly. So, how did we do, ladies? Oh, amazing.
It’s awesome. Alright, well, it’s not a
mission accomplished yet because we have one
more surprise for you. What?
Yes. Do you like surprises? Yes.
Ready to see your new conference room? Wow! Look at that!
It’s so beautiful. What do you think?
Love it. Look at this carpet.
Oh my God. Beautiful! I love the pattern.
It’s so beautiful, right? So different.
Oh yeah. Yeah, the table’s great. We brought in a Danish Manufacturer for the carpeting,
Ege, and they did an amazing job. Honestly, you did a great job selecting it. It looks
so beautiful. Tell us about the other elements here.
Well, thank you. We wanted the room to still have a lot of that influence of the blues.
Kind of want to continue it throughout, you know, the whole house. So, we have blues,
and we added this fun popular red in the office chairs and then in a lot of our accessories.
We took the heavy drapery off the windows, added beautiful light roman shades with a
pattern that plays off of this awesome carpet. And then our volunteers, actually, also painted
some beautiful pictures on the wall. So, all of those were made with love for this house.
Yes. We refinished your table.
Nice runner. It’s like a brand new table.
And we moved your TV and put it on the wall over there.
Yes. Where it need to be.
Yes. It deserves to be up there.
Yes. So, mission accomplished?
Mission accomplished! Yes! We’ve had a fantastic time so far here at
the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Lauderdale. We’d especially like to thank Ege for the
stylish office carpeting, Granite Transformations for the glass tile countertop and backsplash,
Pony Tools for those very cool woodworking projects in the crafts room, and CleanSmart
for brining in those much needed cleaning supplies. But, we’re not done. Operation Build
will be doing lots more work here. So stay tuned.