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Family receives room makeover
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From left, Angela Patrick, Olivia Wampler and Joe Wampler will receive a $20,000 room makeover from Allison Havill Todd Interiors. - photo by Submitted
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One Forsyth County family’s home soon will look a lot different.

Joe Wampler and Angela Patrick have been awarded a complete room makeover from Cumming-based Allison Havill Todd Interiors.

Valued at $20,000, the room makeover is the first to be given away through the interior design firm’s charitable foundation, Designing Dreams Together.

The company’s staff created the foundation at the beginning of this year as a way to help a family in physical or emotional crisis.

Todd said in a statement that staff felt “it was time for us to begin giving our time and talent back to the community.”

“With tough economic times hitting and everyone cutting back, we recognized that we had the ability to make a positive impact in the community by giving back and making a difference in the life of one individual at a time,” she said.

Cumming Elementary School pre-kindergarten teacher Carolyn Tolland, who last year taught Wampler and Patrick’s 5-year-old daughter, Olivia, nominated the family.

“When their daughter was born premature, Joe and Angela weathered the storm and learned how to care for their daughter the only way they knew how,” Tolland wrote.

Olivia has undergone multiple surgeries as a result of being born at 24 weeks weighing 1 pound 4 ounces. Last year, she was diagnosed with medullabaltsoma, a type of brain cancer.

“She’s still undergoing treatment for the cancer,” said Wampler, adding that Olivia will undergo 30 doses of radiation. The treatments should be complete sometime in April.

The makeover of the family’s family room/kitchen area, which Wampler and Patrick hope will be finished by Thanksgiving, will include paint, floor coverings, lighting, upholstered furniture, case goods, window treatments and accessories.

Wampler said the family was astounded at the news.

“I would have had a cow if I’d known it was worth up to $20,000 at first,” Wampler said. “We were thinking some paint, maybe some curtains.”

He and his wife are perhaps most excited about the hardwood floors.

“We wanted hardwoods, but they’re so expensive,” he said. “We were budgeting for them. To have them install them is great.”