Area builder tackles childhood cancer through the building of a St. Jude home


Marnella Homes has spearheaded the appeals for donations of labor, materials, and/or services with the assistance of the Building Industry Association of Clark County

When Tony Marnella, Marnella Homes, was approached with the idea of building a St. Jude Dream Home Showplace house, he didn’t hesitate before saying “Yes!” As a cancer survivor himself, Tony is passionate about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital because it is one of the only institutions that offers care at no-cost to the family. At St. Jude, no family receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

As one of the first Showplace homes in the Pacific Northwest, the goal is to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the home to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support their mission: Finding Cures. Saving Children.

Marnella Homes has spearheaded the appeals for donations of labor, materials, and/or services with the assistance of the Building Industry Association of Clark County.
Marnella Homes has spearheaded the appeals for donations of labor, materials, and/or services with the assistance of the Building Industry Association of Clark County.

Macey is a local St. Jude patient. Diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, called a Craniopharyngioma, at just five years old, she underwent initial surgery at Doernbecher. But when the tumor returned just eighteen months later, her parents turned to St. Jude, where doctors see her type of tumor on a regular basis – more cases than anywhere else in the world. Macey’s mom Courtney says that when she reached out, the oncologist called her back within minutes. They quickly made arrangements to get Macey and her mom to Memphis, where Macey was treated with Proton Beam Radiation. 

The hospital is home to the only Proton Beam Radiation machine calibrated especially for children. Macey is now a happy, healthy seventh grader here in Clark County. Her family is excited to see support for St. Jude in their home community through projects like the St. Jude Dream Home Showplace being built by Marnella Homes.

As one of the first Showplace homes in the Pacific Northwest, the goal is to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the home to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support their mission: Finding Cures. Saving Children. Image courtesy of Marnella Homes
As one of the first Showplace homes in the Pacific Northwest, the goal is to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the home to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support their mission: Finding Cures. Saving Children. Image courtesy of Marnella Homes

“The Sedona” is a Southwestern inspired, net-zero, 3-bedroom 2.5 bath, 2,827-square-foot home. Individuals interested in purchasing this home and supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital should attend the NW Natural Parade of Homes (September 10-26; details at www.ClarkCountyParadeofHomes.com) and/or contact Marnella Homes at (503) 654-6642.

Marnella Homes has spearheaded the appeals for donations of labor, materials, and/or services with the assistance of the Building Industry Association of Clark County (BIA).

The BIA is proud to report the following members are among some of the top donors to-date:

  • All County Plumbing – 100 percent donated plumbing installation 
  • Breaking Ground Excavation – 100 percent donated sitework
  • Gale Contractor Services – 100 percent donated insulation
  • James Hardie with assistance from FiberMount – 100 percent donated siding materials
  • NW Custom Electric – Donation of electric labor
  • Willamette Carpentry – 100 percent donated trim labor

Trade partners interested in assisting in the build of the home should visit https://www.marnellahomes.com/stjude to make a donation or contact Marnella Homes at (503) 654-6642 to provide more assistance.

The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Clark County is a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of all businesses involved with real estate, land development, homebuilding, and construction.  

Marnella Homes is a green home builder based out of Camas.

The St. Jude Dream Home Showplace is a community wide movement benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s® mission of finding cures and saving children. The St. Jude Dream Home program is one of the largest single-event fundraisers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, generating over $400 million for research and treatment since 1991 through the construction of more than 420 homes nationwide.

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