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A Room To Heal Changes One Boy's Life

(Source: Jason Weinstein)

A ribbon cutting and a first for 10-year-old Connor Ford. For the first time Ford, who suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy, has his own room.

"It's been amazing, just amazing for all of us," said Kelly Ford, Connor's mom.

It's made possible by a Room to Heal, a charity dedicated to creating healing environments for children.

"Connor communicates with his eyes, very much so. So with the pictures now on the doors of the cabinets, that's when he can say, 'I want to watch a video,'" said Kelly Ford.

Since he was eight months old Ford's room has been the dining room, to allow easy access to his medication and space for a parent or nurse to always be by his side.

Thanks to an addition to the Ford's home, there is a separate space for a nurse across from Connor's room, which has now has space for his medical equipment and all of the fun things a 10-year-old boy wants.

"He's got his mural, he's got his TV, his window bench. It will allow us to sit and read books," said Kelly Ford.

Connor was involved in the design of his room while befriending designers, painters, and the creator of his mural.

"He sat with her and giggled the whole time as she joked that she wanted to paint Yankee gear on the wall instead of the Red Sox," said Kelly Ford.

"Connor is so much fun to work with. Every day I've been coming we've developed a closer and closer relationship. It's just great to see him smile," said Terry Ludwig, Designer and Owner of TL Interiors.

The Dave Fancher Memorial donated $8,500 to the project. Fancher
himself needed around-the-clock care before his death in 2012.

"He was such a helpful man and loving, Godly man when he was here. I know he sees what we're doing," said Judith Fancher, widow of Dave Fancher.

Part of his legacy is helping change Connor's life.

"It's beyond expectations. I mean, really, look at it. It's just an amazing room," said Kelly Ford.

****In Binghamton, Jason Weinstein, FOX 40 HD News****

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