Posted: Dec 9, 2010 6:31 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Dec 9, 2010 10:05 PM
The winner of this year's "Home for the Holidays" drawing got to see her 400-thousand dollar prize in person Thursday.
Marcelia Bourque toured her new 26-hundred square foot, 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. It is a step up from the cramped place Bourque calls home today.
Every year, she'd enter her name for the Home for Holidays raffle-- not because she wanted to win -- but because she felt compelled to help charities including Habitat for Humanity, St. Michael Center for Homeless Veteran's, Faith House and Acadiana Youth.
"I never thought that I'd ever be blessed in such a way,"she said.
A true fighter, Bourque battled three different types of cancers in a span of 25 years. Her doctor told her it was time to really start living.
"He said Ms. Bourque it's time to start living and I called him and asked if this meets his description of living and I'm waiting for his response," Borque told KATC.
Now, Borque can take her doctor's advice by moving into her brand new home which is located in Lafayette Parish's Eloi Plantation.
"It just makes us feel all feel good that we've done a good thing for the community as well as providing a new home for someone,"said Kay Gibson, President of Acadian's Homeowners' Association.
Along with her for the tour were five generations of her family. They're looking forward to her new beginning.
"It's going to be a great christmas because we have a lot to look forward to. No more despair, we're moving up,"said Borque's daughter Roxanne Speer.
The four charities will be getting their share of the proceeds early next year.