After more than 2 months of ticket sales, open house tours, and thousands of phone calls, we finally have our St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway winner!
Fidel Garcia and his family are the lucky ones.
The family was still in disbelief when we spoke with them about an hour after the drawing, but they say there is a good chance they will move into the house.
Fidel Garcia and his family had never been inside the house,
“I can’t believe it, I was watching the news when my name was pulled out and I still can’t believe I heard my name,” he said.That was before they stepped foot inside the 350,000 dollar home so you can imagine how much that feeling grew.
“Disbelief still, I couldn't believe it. I was shaking when I called her,” said Garcia.
The family lives in Hamilton City but commutes to Chico every day for work.
“That's just one of those things, but we adapt and do what we have to do,” said his wife Perla Guzman.
Fidel works for Global Ad Distribution, and Perla for the Enloe medical center as well as a Spanish radio station on the weekends. Their 18 year old daughter, Lynette, is still in school, but finds time to be an assistant for an immigration attorney.
“You don't expect something like this to happen to you, so when it does happen, it's just overwhelming. Surreal,” said Guzman.
And surreal it was, especially for Perla. She said she's a devoted Saint Jude follower and usually prays to him every night before she goes to bed.
"I said, 'St. Jude, if we don't get the house, let somebody else that really needs it be the winner,'” she said.
Of course, she was ecstatic that someone was them. In the new garage, everyone who contributed to the house wrote a warm message for the new owners, giving them a long-lasting reminder of the miracle of Saint Jude.
The family still has to fill out paperwork and pay taxes on the house.
St. Jude officials said it will be about a couple of months before they can officially move in.
All of the proceeds from this dream home go directly to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital for research and treatment.More