Family, friends rally to help dying man finish carousel he spent years building for his grandkids

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PETERSBORO, Utah — A community in Utah is rallying to help a dying man finish a carousel he’d spent years building for his grandkids. Vean Woodbrey is sick with biloma cancer.

It was about 7 years ago that Vean started to color and carve all of the animals on the carousel, but it wasn’t until about a month ago that the people who love Vean most put the carousel together.

“I’ve been told that I’ve never left my childhood,” Woodbrey said.

“He kept saying I wanna see my grandkids on this, I wanna see my grandkids on this,” his daughter Traci Godfrey said. “He’s a kid at heart.”

“He’s been sick with biloma cancer,” Godfrey said. “He’s getting to the point where he can’t pick things up, so he can’t carry a simple tool, he’s paralyzed in one leg, so he can’t walk very well. And he can’t finish it without help now.”

“We all gained up and we say ‘hey dad, we’re here, we’re helping you finish this up,'” Godfrey said.

The family has dedicated nights and weekends building the carousel in his front yard.

“It’s just, it’s just great,” Woodbrey said.

“He’s coming near the end, we don’t know how much time he’s got,” Godfrey said. “This was home made, it was made out of love, and he was thinking of his grandkids when he did it.”

*Information via CNN/KTVX-TV