Candor girl battling leukemia gets surprise dream bedroom

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CANDOR (WBNG) – A seven-year-old Candor girl battling leukemia got a special surprise Sunday thanks to the non-profit A Room To Heal.

The local organization gave Maeve Rae-Bognar and her family a weekend getaway from their home.

When they came back, Maeve got the magical bedroom of her dreams.

Maeve was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in May of 2018. Her family says her road to recovery has not been easy and has taken a toll on her.

“Treatment for pediatric leukemia is 800 days long for the type of leukemia she has. So that’s two and a half years,” said Marrisa Rae, Maeve’s mother. “She lost all of her hair in October, she’s been going through really hard chemotherapy drugs and she’s finally going through a stage called maintenance where she is going to the clinic once a month. So it’s getting better.”

The organization A Room To Heal heard Maeve’s story and stepped in to give her a magical room.

“A lot of the inspiration we drew from, one of her favorite things is this great NPR podcast called Wow in the World. So we drew some inspiration from that, from her love from that and art and whimsical things like mermaids and unicorns,” said Sarah Darling, the project manager.

Volunteers gave Maeve a brand new desk, selves filled with books, a new bed, and a reading nook fit for a princess.

“I love it,” said Maeve.

“It’s what you would picture a dream room to look like for one of your children. You know what I mean? Like to fit her personality. It’s so cool,” said Rob Bognar, Maeve’s father.

“It’s breathtaking. I’ve never seen something so generous and so beautiful. I’m overwhelmed,” said Rae.

Maeve’s mother says the conversation with a Room to Heal started when Maeve’s dresser in her room broke months back.

“At a certain point even at cancer treatment even something like a simple broken dresser can just tip you over the edge and I just needed help getting another dresser and this came out of it. So to see a dresser in the closet now is so mind blowing to me,” said Rae.

Maeve’s family says they are grateful to all the volunteers who made this dream come true.

“This year has been really hard and she is doing really well but she has a long road ahead of her and to see this physical representation of all of the love she has been getting is very overwhelming,” said Rae.

The surprises did not end there, A Room to Heal also has able to set up a video chat with the hosts of her favorite NPR podcast, Wow in the World, later on that day.

Tyler Brown

Tyler Brown

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