BONAIRE, Ga. -- Mathew Majka had the first room the new non-profit Sunshine on a Ranney Day dared to tackle last July. He is also now the first recipient to die of their illness.
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A true tribute to their work, Majka asked to spend the final moments of his life inside that room. His family honored his wish. Wednesday morning, Majka, the brave boy that dreamed of serving in the military, lost his battle with cancer.
Majka was being treated for tumors on his brain and spine. The medicine forced him to spend a lot of his time playing indoors.
"He gets discouraged," Mathew's father Michael told us during the remodel. "He wants to be out with his friends, running around, riding his bike. He can't do that."
Sunshine on a Ranney day used an army of volunteers to make his room take flight and 11alive had the honor of being there. From frames to an actual propeller on the wall, Majka seemed overwhelmed when he first walked into his new room.
Since that renovation, the organization has also helped remodel rooms and even homes for seven other families including Tripp Halstead, the toddler injured by a falling tree limb and Emily Bowman who received multiple injuries after a hit and run accident. Click here to learn more about the organization and their projects.