Let us introduce you to Henry. Henry is a lively, social little boy from Minneapolis, Minnesota who was diagnosed with Leukemia in February of 2015. Treatment for Henry's type of leukemia typically lasts a total of 3 and a half years, the 3rd year being required only for males. The first year of treatment was intense and Henry was very ill. He lost his hair, his appetite, and his energy. He also battled ear infections, colds, diarrhea, vomiting, and anger and sadness. The steroids Henry takes make him feel these intense emotions. Many days were spent at the hospital for treatment, and his care team became a second family.

Henry's response to treatment thus far has been fairly good. Currently he is developing a condition called neuropathy, which causes him to lose feeling in his arms and legs causing him to fall and trip frequently. Other side effects have caused a rash to spread across his entire face, brain fog, and slurred speech. Unfortunately, like many other children, he will have long term chemotherapy effects, which could include development of an additional form of cancer. He will have cognitive issues, dental issues, and muscle and bone issues as a result.

Despite Henry’s hardships at a young age, he still enjoys being a very active 3 year old! He has a passion for anything hockey and loves superheroes and cars. He is also very intelligent, never wanting to a put a book down. Henry’s creativity is undeniable, shown in his love for building.

The Designing Dreams team was beyond thrilled to complete Henry’s bedroom transformation in December 2016! Our goal was to capture his positive and creative energy within our work. We feel privileged to have had the chance to work with and get to know Henry and his family. Henry and his family have been a blessing to Designing Dreams!

by Kelly O'Donnell

Executive Director

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