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AMELIA COUNTY, Va. -- Volunteers helped shine some light on a little girl and her family going through a dark time.

Delilah Jackson, 3, is battling brain cancer at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond.

Delilah and her family received a nice surprise Thursday when the Roc Solid Foundation and volunteers from Keller Williams Midlothian gathered to build Delilah a new backyard playset at her Amelia County home.

"It's the greatest thing that has ever been given to her," Delilah's grandmother said fighting back tears. "I mean we've had help ever since, people have reached out of the woodwork when they found out. It's just been amazing."

Photojournalist Eli Gardiner document the emotional project for

The project was part of RED Day, Keller Williams’ annual day of service.

"We are honored to be a part of bringing hope and positive change to families in our community," Keller Williams Midlothian spokesperson Kathy Edwards said.

The Roc Solid Foundation is an organization that support children battling cancer and their families.

"The treatments these kids undergo are intense, leaving them with little time and energy to enjoy playing like most kids do on a daily basis," founder Eric Newman. "It’s our goal to give hope to these children by allowing them to be carefree for the day, and the smiles we see make it all worthwhile."

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