Rocklin Police, Volunteers Revamp Backyard to Help Girl Battling Leukemia

The City of Rocklin came together this week to create a safe place for 6-year-old leukemia patient Taylor Hurst to play.

The Rocklin Police Department and other community members worked for hours Thursday to redo the little girl's backyard. FOX40 cameras were rolling Friday when she saw it for the first time.

Taylor walked hand-in-hand into her new backyard with the officers who made it happen. Her excitement was hard to contain.

The Rocklin PD, fire department and other community groups raised the money and spent Thursday redoing the grass, bark and fence in the six year old's backyard.

"To see her so happy and so excited about it, give us a hug, tell us thank you—that's the whole reason why we did it," said Sergeant Eric Dollar with the Rocklin PD.

Taylor's leukemia diagnosis makes her immune system weak. The family is more comfortable letting her play in the new grass and bark without the fear of her getting sick or hurting herself.

"To be able to run out here with just bare feet is just huge," said her mom Michelle Hurst. "It's such a different outlook for that and they'll make such awesome memories."

The excitement continued Friday when she decorated her new digs with butterflies. Even in a mask you can feel Taylor smile.

Rocklin PD had $1,200 from donations left over after the work was complete. They gave the money to Taylor's family to help with medical expenses.