Siblings honored for extreme activism

"It was really a community effort, and we have a lot of people to thank for this," said Cody.

In addition to supporting overseas troops, the Moran children have also reached out to their community. When Ryan's classmate and friend Joe Watroba was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Ryan made buttons to sell at the high school basketball tournament, where he raised hundreds of dollars for Watroba.

"This spirit of helping and showing support started in our family after Sept. 11 (2001). I am proud of what the children have done," said Suzi Moran.

While the tree house was being built, the family was whisked away to the Great Escape Lodge in Lake George. They returned home Monday morning, June 11, for the final reveal of the tree house.

The Morans said they were amazed to see the completed project. Suzi Moran said the event brought tears to her eyes. She added that the children were enjoying their new hangout.

"It is so cool, and we are so excited," said Kelly.


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