PEKIN -- One Pekin family is getting a helping hand in a time they need it most. A Washington woman is spearheading a project she calls "Getting Creative for Carson."
Lee Saathoff is fixing up six-year-old Carson LaDage's bedroom.
Saathoff said, "I've opened the mail and cried at some of the donations that we've received from friends and family."
She said the help has been incredible, and she's thankful, because this renovation isn't just for any little boy. "Carson started radiation Monday and we've just praying this radiation gets rid of the brain tumor."
Doctors found the cancerous tumor on his brainstem more than a year ago, making it difficult for him to swallow and breathe.
While the family is away at St. Jude's in Memphis for more treatment, Saathoff is hoping a new car bed and a little fresh paint will be just what he needs.
Carson's grandma said this little boy is in for a big surprise... a very deserving surprise, for such a strong fighter.
Jo Godbey said, "He's so little and he rolls with every punch."
From his chemotherapy and now radiation, Godbey said she never thought her family would be on this journey. "It has been a huge growth in my Christian walk because I have no control and that's a hard thing for a grandma and a mom."
While she may not have control, she has hope. "We are overwhelmed and in awe of the generosity and the love that people have shown to us and to this family," she said.
Saathoff said she has just over a month to wrap up the project. Carson and his family will see the finished product when they arrive home in October.
To follow more on Carson's story, visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/CarsonLaDage.