Six-year-old Jolie Reyna has the bedroom of her dreams…literally.
The vision behind the new pink princess room came from Jolie’s own Pinterest board that she has pinned photos to for the past year. Builders and a designer took her ideas and ran with it, creating a room that’s not only pretty, but functional.
Jolie has mitochondrial disease, which causes her to spend most of her time in her bedroom. Due to the severity of her illness, Jolie’s room is filled with medical supplies needed for her day to day care.
Jolie’s wish was to get new flooring and a storage cabinet to help hide some of the medical equipment. That’s when Pay it Forward Networking stepped in and got to work.
Between donated materials and labor, the PIFN community got the room transformation done in less than a week. Now, all of her medical supplies are hidden from sight.
It was a team of community businesses and volunteers that got the job done — Ryan Smith Builders, LLC, Toy Fair, Moody Designs, Custom Built Cabinets & Supply, CNC Floor Covering, House of Carpet & Lighting and Miner’s ChemDry. Ryan Smith didn’t think twice when PIFN founder Kassi Robinson called with Jolie’s wish.
“Who wouldn’t want to help?” he said. “The main thing she wanted was to replace the carpet. It’s a small room and there’s a lot of medical equipment in there. I knew we had to do it up big.”
Not only did CNC Flooring provide her with new hardwood floors, Smith’s vendors installed custom built-in cabinets, donated a princess chandelier and more. Danielle Moody with Moody Designs jumped at the opportunity to help and worked with Jolie throughout the process.
“She wanted a grown up princess room,” Moody said. “She asked for a canopy over the bed and she wanted a fluffy rug. Those were number one on the list. We made it functional yet fun and pretty for people to enjoy when they come see her.”
Moody said the entire project came together with donations and help from the community. She said it wouldn’t have been possible without it.
Jerami and Tammy Reyna were overwhelmed with emotions as they walked through Jolie’s new bedroom.
“There are no words to explain it,” Tammy said. “It’s hard for us to know she spends most of her life in here, but this will make it so much easier.”
The Reynas have made their home fit Jolie’s lifestyle. They have a nurse to help during the week and they takeover her care on the weekends. As her disease progresses, more medical supplies will be needed for her care. Tammy said she didn’t want her to have to see that the whole time. They are thankful for the room transformation and the normalcy it will bring to Jolie’s life.
“That smile says it all,” Jerami said as he looked at his daughter. “She’s a happy little girl right now. We can’t say thank you enough.”
Pay It Forward Networking is a volunteer-ran 501C3 foundation that grants wishes to children with special needs and/or life-threatening illnesses through networking. PIFN has grown in just two years to a network of over 16,000 caring individuals with the common goal of helping children facing hardships.
A wish granted gives recipients a day of fun and a lifetime of comfort knowing the love and generosity in the world. The wishes granted are made possible by individuals simply combining resources and using their connections for a greater cause.
More information can be found at www.facebook.com/payitforwardnetworking and/or www.payitforwardnetworking.com.