A selfless eastern Iowa boy got quite the surprise this weekend after an area non-profit heard his story. We first told you about 5-year-old Landry Hull back in December when he spent the holidays collecting gifts for other people.
Young Landry was able to collect thousands of dollars in toys for the Ronald McDonald house and today he was recognized for all his hard work.
In the last five years Landry has undergone two open heart surgeries. When an area non-profit group heard his story they wanted to do something to make him smile...and he did just that when he saw his new bedroom.
"I like it, it's beautiful," said Landry Hull, Greene.
The non-profit group, My Happy Place does bedroom makeovers for sick children. This weekend they brought Landry's dreams to life.
"He mentioned what he wanted to be when he grew up and that was a firefighter, so a little bell went off...we are going to give him a fireman room," said Lisa Tan, My Happy Place Co-Founder.
Not only did Landry get a firefighter room, but he also dressed like one and even got to ride in a fire truck. One of Landry's favorite things in his new room were clamps.
"They keep my bed from falling apart," said Landry.
"She (Lisa) asked him what one thing he wanted in his room and he said clamps so his bed doesn't fall apart," laughed Wendy Schmitt, Landry's mother.
Landry says his new room makes him happy and his parents were very grateful for the special surprise.
"It's overwhelming, we never dreamed this would happen," said Schmitt. "Five years ago we didn't think this was possible, we didn't know what the future held for him and now we do."
"Any parent of a sick child will tell you, all you want to do is see your kid happy, you just want to see a smile on his face," said Tan. "Landry is the perfect example of no matter what he's gone through he always has a smile on his face."
Because of all of Landry's health issues he's never had his own room. Not only did Landry get a bedroom make over, but he finally has a room to call his own.
Landry's mother says he's doing well, but might eventually need another surgery.