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PHOTOS: Community Volunteers Give 9-Year-Old Dream Room Makeover

Family members shocked when volunteers reveal they've redone their entire Mahwah home

The Mahwah community came together Saturday to brighten the lives of one brave little girl and her family.

Mary Nelson is a Mahwah 9-year-old who suffers from Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerve tissue. Mary has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments since she was seven years old, and had surgery to remove an ocular tumor earlier this month.

Saturday, a Dream Room Makeover team of over 300 volunteers overhauled the Nelson's home.

According to Dream Room Makeover founder Robert Stern, "We had great weather, fun and it [was] amazing. The reveal showed tears from the mom and the sisters, Mary and Sophia, were too excited for words."

Dina Picciallo March 25, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Wonderful 
Speedpro Imaging Inc March 25, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Fantastic! I would like to know the contractors & volunteers involved to give them credit for a great cause.
Robert Stern March 26, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I have to thank everyone that has helped out with the Dream Room Makeovers Project. It was fantastic! So here is what happened. 322 Volunteers Approximately $25,000 product donated Raised just over $5000 in donations 10 and a Half hours of elbow grease 1 extremely happy family......Priceless! Thank you to the community, volunteers, donators, and companies that helped. We couldn't have done it with out you! Can't wait for the next one!
Robert Stern March 26, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Speedpro I have all the contacts of all the people and companies involved. If there is anything you need to know I will try to help you.
Robert Stern March 26, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Thank you Dina. It was a wonderful day and experience for everyone
Fabu Designs by Lucia March 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Robert, I had no idea what to expect. It was a great experience for me! I was honored to have been asked to help and could not believe the amazing amount of volunteers that were willing to do ANYTHING! It was so heart warming. Thank you for all that you do for so many families. Also thank God for the weather holding out! Lucia Portali Waters
Stacey Deem March 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM
This is an example of why I am still proud to call Mahwah my home town even after having moved away so many years ago....
Robert Stern March 27, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Lucia, It was great having you. your work was amazing. Thank you for helping us out. I hope to see you at another one in the future.
Robert Stern March 27, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Stacey, your community is amazing.they came out in the hundreds and really took care of the family.

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