It was a life or death situation. Isaiah had found out that he was a rare bone marrow match for his little brother Elijah, then five years-old. This would be a chance to save Elijah's life. Without hesitation the 14 year old jumped-in to save his drowning brother. Three years earlier, his 13 year old sister, Essence, had died from the same disease that was trying to pull Elijah under too. But, not to be; Elijah has now been cured of Sickle Cell Anemia by Isaiah's gift of life. We find the valor of Isaiah to be awe inspiring. It is time this young man has a room for hope and happiness. A place designed by him to express goals and dreams of a bright future. Will he become a doctor, politician, or engineer? These are all on his radar.
I have been personally assisting Isaiah in the creation of his space. He has deep sensitivity and artistry of spirit. His room will be insightful, modern and in good taste. His color palette is earthy yet retro: leaf green, chocolate brown, teal, saffron, tangerine and white. So far, he leans toward mid-century furniture silhouettes and edits decisively.
Today, Josh Jett, left, of Home Delivery Service KC, assisted Isaiah, right, and myself, in assembling the FLOR area rug. The modular carpet tiles allowed Isaiah to customize the colors, design and size. The rug is the color "hub" for the new room. Josh references the FLOR website on his I-Phone for installation instructions. Stay tuned for the video reveal to see the final product.
" This is a new start. I am very grateful to Design Gives Back for this opportunity to define my life and world. For years, I have felt just caught up in events. It felt like the old things in my room were keeping me in the past. I needed to cleanse my mind and space. I get to choose what happens here," said Isaiah.
Whatever he chooses to pursue in life, it is already a fact that Isaiah is a true leader. He has shown us the need for bone marrow donors and that it is a rewarding process. Saving a life, what could be better? Bone marrow is needed to heal many diseases. To find out more go to:
~ Kelee Katillac