Saturday August 11, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Six members of the Catholic Youth Center Service Society spent a rainy Friday morning chugging away at a mural painting project to help brighten one lucky boy's day.

The youth service group selected Danny LaPatin as the recipient of a bedroom makeover. The 11-year-old survived a bone marrow transplant and is in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He's been treated for and overcome cancer twice since age 4.

The boy loves trains, so on Friday, Brenna McNeice, 6, Amanda Mas oero, 18, Makenzi Astore, 16, and 15-year-olds Ciera Atherton, Kirst en McNeice and Alyssa Doerle all pitched in to paint a mural of train tracks and a tunnel on LaPatin's bedroom wall.

"He's just so sweet and so happy about everything," Atherton said.

Money raised through a tag sale last year will be paying for new bedding, paint and miscellaneous materials to help makeover the room. A special carpentry project is also in the works, according to Heather McNeice, who supervises the CYC Service Society.

During the school year, the group works on a variety of projects including charitable clothing, food and toiletries drives. They've also helped make blankets through Project Linus and sponsored school children in Haiti.

To learn more about the CYC Service Society and Danny LaPatin's story, visit www.cycpittsfield.com.