SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local teen battling cancer made her wish come true by helping others.

The Mission Hills senior could have asked for an exotic getaway or meet and greet with her favorite celebrity, but instead she chose to give back to her community.

Julia Larsen, 17, was diagnosed with brain cancer last November. When Make-A-Wish told her she could wish for anything, she wished to make other wishes come true by giving back.

On Friday, wearing their blue "Julia's Wish To Give" shirts, friends, family and the community built a frame and playhouses for Habitat for Humanity.

"I figured I already have so much, figured I would give someone else the chance to be just as happy," said Julia.

Julia said she was inspired last summer when she visited the Dominican Republic to build medical clinics and playhouses. She originally wished for a humanitarian trip but her medical condition would not allow her to travel.

"She has a lot of physical limitations that she did not have, but definitely her personality and her giving spirit wanting to help others, helping her family has not changed at all," said Julia's mother, Lisa Larsen.

Julia's kindness has now inspired a community to come together to build hope and nail cancer.

Habitat for Humanity said once the frames are built they will be transported to storage where they are proposing to build 26 homes in Poway for veterans.