(CBS) -- A lot of kids may dream about running away to join the circus, but this afternoon the circus came to a 7-year-old boy in Norwood Park.
It was in November of last year when Jon Staszel and his family went to the Ringling Brothers circus when it came to town - a month before his family learned he had leukemia.
Circus Comes To Norwood Park 7-Year-Old With Leukemia
"So it's kind of ironic that the circus came to us this year," said Penny Stazel.
Penny Staszel is the mother of 7-year-old Jon. And Jon's bedroom has just been redone by volunteers from the circus: a tiger painted on the closet wall. A mural of performers on another wall.
"When Jon first was diagnosed he had neuropathy. It was a side effect to his medication. So he had a lot of trouble walking. So there was a long time that he had to be carried to the bathroom.
"So he spent a lot of time in his room... so this really was something special for him because this was a room he spent a lot of time in while he was sick."
Jon says he likes his room's new look.
"I'm going to invite my friends and play with them - in my room."
Jon is a second grader at Oriole Park Elementary School.
The redecoration of his room was financed by Feld, the parent company of Ringling Brothers Circus, and coordinated by volunteers from Special Spaces, a non-profit organization.
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