Wilton teens transform cancer patient's bedroom into Star Wars wonderland

Members of Circle of Care’s Art From the Heart program transformed the bedroom of seven-year-old cancer patient Spencer Lavalette, of Stamford, into a Star Wars-themed wonderland.

Circle of Care is a nonprofit organization based in Wilton that provides practical, emotional and financial support  to Connecticut families through programs and services that meet the unique and challenging needs of pediatric cancer treatment.

The organization’s Art From the Heart program works with teams based in Fairfield, New Haven, New London, and Hartford counties to make over children’s bedrooms.

Spencer’s bedroom, which he shares with his five-year-old brother, Grayson, had two twin beds and a dresser, with limited space available for play.

The eight-member Art From the Heart team, led by Wilton High School seniors Rebecca Poirier and Alexa Morano, spent time getting to know Spencer so they could transform his room into a space he and his brother would love.

After learning that Spencer and his brother were both Star Wars fans, each team member picked what they thought would work best in a certain area of the bedroom.

With Spencer and his family away during the makeover, Art From the Heart team members worked long hours and were motivated to finish before the family's return.

When Spencer and his brother saw their renovated room, their mother said, the boys said “they don’t like their room — they love it.”

Art From The Heart members held a bake sale to raise funds for the two-day renovation project, during which they assembled and moved furniture, and hung new curtains, decor and decals.

To learn more about Circle of Care and its programs, visit thecircleofcare.org.