BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A six-year-old Biloxi boy suffering from a life threatening condition was given a complete room makeover today courtesy of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Tyler Sweningson's mother wrote a letter to the organization in hopes of getting a safer room for her son while also giving him some much needed joy.
Sweningson saw his room for the first time today since leaving Arkansas for medical treatment.
The six-year-old was born with a rare brain condition called neuronal migration disorder. With all he's been through, his mother was moved to reach out to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"I noticed that Mississippi had a Make-a-Wish chapter so I wrote to them and told them that we want to make a safe room for him while we were still trying to rebuild from Katrina and they made his wish come true," said Tyler's mother, Shere Stevenson.
The room has been redesigned to meet Tyler's specific needs. There are padded floors, adequate room for him to maneuver around and even a jungle theme to match his love for wildlife.
"He wanted a bedroom that would be perfect for him and safe for him to play in. So, thanks to our partners and Broyhill and Bayside furniture we were able to make his wish come true," said Shellie Moses, of the Gulf Coast Make-A-Wish Foundation.
This family is still in the process of restoring their home in the wake of heavy damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
For now Tyler's parents said his new custom made, safety proof room, gives them peace of mind.
"A lot of it was the bedding and the floor. That was the main thing, so now he can crawl around and play with is animals and be happy," Stevenson said.
"It's good to see him enjoy having a room finally now after Katrina and finally get back into a normal realm of life and as a parent it brings a lot of joy to my heart," said Les Barnett, President of Bayside Furniture.