A 15-year-old New Hanover County boy who is battling leukemia hasn't had a real bedroom to call his own for some time, but thanks to the Welcome Home Angel organization, Zach came home from a fishing trip to a brand new bedroom. “It's just so much. I’m just so happy, to actually have my own workspace for homework and everything. It's going to be a lot of fun just having my own room,” Zach Parks said. Welcome Home Angel is a non-profit organization that remodels chronically ill children's rooms. "I can have friends over without being bothered by everybody and just to hang out, have my own little spot, my own privacy,” Zach said. Despite tough economic times, twelve businesses donated their much of their services for free. "It’s a great feeling and we were just happy to be able to do something like this,” said architect Mark Loudermilk. For Zach's parents, Clyde and Heather, seeing their son's face light up is priceless. “There’s no amount of money that you can put on that look when we pulled up, it's amazing. And these were amazing people that did this,” Clyde said. In a space that's truly his own now, Zach is looking forward to enjoying his brand new bedroom. "I’m really grateful that it can happen to me and I hope it can happen to other kids who need it, too." Along with room makeovers, Welcome Home Angel also provides emotional support to the sick children and their families. Zach is in his last phase of treatment for his leukemia. He and his family are looking forward to good days ahead.
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