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Boy battling cancer gets a huge room makeover

Posted at 11:30 PM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 23:32:17-04

When 16-year-old Timmy Richardson came home today his room didn't look anything like it when he left.

"I don't know what to say. It's just wow," Timmy said.

He is battling T-cell Leukemia but wants to be a firefighter when he is older. So thanks to charity organization, Special Spaces, his new room is decked out in lights, axes, hats, ladders, and even a fire truck.

"He said that he couldn't imagine this in his wildest dreams. It's nice to hear and we are happy to do it," Julie Hay, a designer for Special Spaces said.

Transforming rooms for kids battling life threatening illnesses is what Special Spaces does. Hay said that it makes it all worth it when she see's the look on the child's face. The charity will also work on other parts of the house if they have the means and time to do so.

This time the organization had a little extra time. Special Spaces was able to fix part of the Richardson's ceiling as well as put mulch down in the front yard.

"They did more for us as a family," his mom, Deana Richardson, said.

This is just a small amount of support Timmy has been given. Earlier this year, he received over 3,000 firefighter shirts from all over the globe.

“Its not just our community. Its nation wide. Everybody around the world has reached out to use since Timmy was diagnosed in March,” his mom said.

It's been a long few months since the initial diagnosis, but moments like these make it easier for the family his mom said.

"Hes just an ordinary 16-year-old boy with T-cell Leukemia. It touches your heart. It touches your heart.”

Even though Timmy's mom said his prognosis is good, his fight isn't over yet.

"I'm getting bone marrow transplant, and I'll need support through that because I'll need to get strong after that," Timmy said.

He will check back into the hospital in the middle of August and could be there for up to six weeks.

"Hopefully Timmy will be home by September 22nd, for his 17th birthday," his mom said.