Brightening rooms for sick children
Nearly 10,000 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in 2023.
Assurance Manager Alberto Mancusi knows pediatric cancer patients need more than just treatment.
“These kids deserve a comforting space as they recover at home and Circle of Care provides that,” Alberto said.
Through their Art for the Heart program, Circle of Care builds full room makeovers for children as they undergo the recovery process.
Alberto first volunteered with the Art for the Heart program in 2015 and has since participated in nearly 20 room makeovers. Volunteer teams complete the renovation over the course of one weekend.
“About 15 of us will clean, paint, install closets and build furniture according to how the child dreams their room to be,” Alberto said. “After the hard work, it’s so rewarding to see their face light up as they see their new space — it’s very emotional.”
According to Alberto, each room renovation costs roughly $3,000, and the $10,000 Baker Tilly Wishes grant will help expand the program to more families in the Northeastern U.S.