A Room Makeover for a Special Girl

A Room Makeover for a Special Girl

Piqua, OH. – Shelby Lockhart is a typical 8-year-old girl who loves Barbie Dolls, the color pink, and Luke Bryan. What makes her special is that for Shelby, her bedroom is more than a place to sleep. It is where she spends a lot of her time as she recovers from each of her cancer treatments. She has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood, and is being treated at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

When Serena Walther, wish manager at the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation (ASW), found out about Shelby’s Special Wish, she got right to work to create a space that had everything Shelby needed to be comfortable and have a place of her own.

With help from Piqua businesses Town and Country Furniture, Sherwin Williams and a local painter, Jerry Sullenberger, Shelby and Serena created a room that any girl would love. Complete with new furniture, bright pink paint and animal print bedding and accessories, including a lava lamp and a new TV, her new bedroom literally brought her to tears. Worried, her parents thought she didn’t like it.

Under a torrent of tears, she mumbled, “I love it!” And her smile was testimony enough that her Special Wish was a success and something she will enjoy for many years.

For those involved, it was an experience they won’t soon forget either. Jerry Sullenberger, who donated his time to paint Shelby’s room, said “Seeing what it meant to Shelby was very gratifying. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the process.”

Shelby’s wish was made possible by the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation and a generous donation from Brent and Lisa Sabin who held a fundraiser on behalf of ASW. As Dayton’s only local wish-granting organization, ASW has granted over 1,600 wishes to local children since 1983. Serving children, birth through age 20, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder, ASW operates in Montgomery, Miami, Darke, Greene, Mercer and Shelby counties.