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Sign of hope shines above Kennedy Expy for young cancer survivor

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A staple in the city's skyline is helping to ease the pain for a young cancer survivor.

Facing the Kennedy Expressway near Addison, holiday-themed lights sit atop a building, but on a Friday night, a different message illuminates: a ray of hope shines bright in the sky.

"I thought it was awesome but I thought it would say something totally different like I say live in the moment or something but I would have never thought it would say my name," said 8-year-old Rosie Colucci.

Colucci is being honored by the sparkling lights and for the first time she saw a different view on the roof of Novak Construction where her name sits between two hearts.

"They mean so much because I agree with Novak that you have to celebrate life and you only live once," said Colucci.

"She was just screaming and going crazy in the car and jumping up and down out of her seat but yeah she was just so excited," said Rosie's mother Joanne Colucci.

The 8-year-old has been traveling to and from Laurie Children's Hospital since she was ten months old. When the hospital relocated last year, she initially thought the move would mean an end to passing the lights that have brightened her life.

Colucci's mother sent a letter to Novak Construction's President, "saying a scary trip to the hospital in the middle of the night is made less scary because of your lights."

"It brought tears to my eyes because to read something like that and how you affect someone's life," said Novak Construction's President John Novak in an interview with Fox 32's Tisha Lewis.

Though best known for building one of the largest Whole Foods in the world, Novak's LOVE ROSIE message is undoubtedly a shining light in the company's 33 year history.

"She really touched our life is what happened," said Novak.

At Friday's surprise luncheon for Rosie at Novak Construction, there were hundreds of toys donated to her charity, Rosie's Toy Box. The donations will go to those hospitalized at Laurie Children's Hospital. Everyone in attendance received this wrist band to track Rosie's journey.

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