Chemotherapy treatment is emotionally and physically draining, particularly for young children who often have to endure long hospital stays and extended periods of time at home, away from school and friends. To give these children something to look forward to, Circle of Care works with creative teams based in Fairfield, New Haven, New London, Hartford and Westchester Counties to offer Art from the Heart, a room makeover program. Launched in 2005, our team works with pediatric cancer patients to redesign their bedrooms with dream makeovers. To-date, Circle of Care has transformed over 50 bedrooms and play areas in the homes of young patients with paint, fabric, furnishings and love – all inspired by the boundless imagination of the children. Want to learn more? Read an inspiring story about Henry’s room makeover. You can also read about how Sumera’s room helped bring her family together, literally.
All of the redesign work is completed by adult and teen volunteers with assistance from local professional contractors who donate their time and expertise. Working with a child’s family, Art from the Heart volunteers create a room design, which will reflect their favorite things, transforming his or her bedroom into a personal wonderland. The majority of our Art from the Heart teams are made up of high school and college students, who work under the guidance of adult designers.
By interacting with their peers throughout a room makeover project, children homebound during cancer treatment benefit from kid-to-kid communication, a tremendous healing tool. We offer room makeovers for children ages 4 to 18 currently undergoing treatment; recipients are chosen by lottery four times per year.
Watch our Art from the Heart video and learn more about our program!
Watch this video from ABC News about Connor’s Room Makeover!