Guest Blogger: Volunteer Room Decorator, Lindsay B.

Lindsay is a superhero when it comes to decorating a hospital room of a young cancer hero. She has a knack for transforming the solemn walls and dull furnishings into a bright, cheery, magical place. Hospital staff tell us that Connor’s Heroes' room decorations have a positive influence on the emotional outlook of the child who’s starting the exhausting and long process of a bone marrow transplant. As Lindsay shares below, decorating a child’s hospital room has greatly affected her as well. One patient, in particular, has made a difference in her life.

    I guess you could call me a “seasoned” room decorator. I have decorated more than eight rooms on the Bone Marrow Transplant floor. Each room means something different to me than the last. Erin and Lisa share a few facts about the child – favorite colors, cartoon characters, sports teams or celebrities. I get an idea for a theme and then I run with it. Actually, I get a little carried away! Lauren’s room became a “Frozen” explosion that made you want to sing “Let It Go!” when you visited. Katie walked into a room filled with the adorable Hello Kitty that she loves so much. Sheridan discovered a cool, calming underwater scene. 
      Decorating is more than hot pink sparkles, streamers, toys, and twinkle lights. I create a sanctuary where Lauren, Katie, Sheridan and all our heroes find comfort, feel special, and, most importantly, feel loved. I thank Connor’s Heroes for allowing me to bring smiles to our sweet, courageous, and wonderful heroes during their darkest hours. Hundreds of volunteers go out of their way to lend a helping hand and to say “We are here.”
     Walking into a hospital, where a patient may spend weeks, if not months, is extremely difficult for anyone, regardless of their age. One, 19-year-old D’Marco, had a big effect on me. His plans for college and playing football are on hold since his diagnosis. When I decorated his room, I wanted it to inspire the fighting spirit he needs for his brave battle. He opened my eyes to the important things in life: hold the ones you love close, never take anything for granted, and always lend a helping hand when you can.
     I have been a part of Connor’s Heroes for more than three years. I learned so much about childhood cancer and how it affects the day-to-day life of these families. I take comfort knowing Connor’s Heroes makes sure they are not alone. These children and their families are an inspiration to me. I have the utmost respect for them. My volunteer experience with Connor’s Heroes has taught me a lot about myself and the struggles others go through. As I decorate a room, I often think of a quote from Plato:  “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Thank you, Connor’s Heroes for letting me fight along with your cancer heroes.