While two-year-old Vivian Keith received treatment for leukemia at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, she spent a lot of time looking out the hospital window.
One day her family noticed a group of construction workers, who were working on a building across the street, trying to get the little girl’s attention.
“They were waving like crazy at us and pointing at the beam and it had ‘get well soon’ written on it,” Vivian’s mother, Ginger Keith, told TODAY.
Occasionally the construction workers would see children in the hospital’s windows and wave to them.
The Keith family was amazed at the kindness of the construction crew, who they only knew from waving at each other across the street.
“I thought it was amazing and the coolest thing ever,” Ginger told ABC News. “I just thought it was really sweet that they would take the time to do that. I know they are working really hard to get things going, but it was really cool what they did for all those kids and for her.”
After exchanging a few waves with Vivian one of the crew members got an idea.
Greg Combs, who was working on the project, told TODAY that he and his co-worker, Travis Barnes, wanted to cheer the little girl up. They had seen her sitting in the window, waving at them, for a few days and it brought a smile to their face, so they wanted to do the same for her.
“One day, I just radioed down to one of the guys on the ground and said, ‘Hey, write ‘get well soon’ on this next beam.'” Combs recalled.
The construction crew wrote “get well soon” on one of the beams for Vivian and all of the other children.
Vivian might not have fully understood how special the message was, but her family did.
Shortly after Barnes and Combs wrote the note to Vivian on the beam they got to meet Vivian and her parents.
“It was awesome,” Combs told TODAY. “Just to see how something so little made her and her mom and dad so happy. That’s when it hits you.”
This past May, after 28 months of chemotherapy, Vivian and her family heard extremely encouraging words.
“Vivian is in remission.”