When the Peake family arrived at home last Saturday night, the Tilton-Northfield fire department was parked outside their home –
When the Peake family arrived at home last Saturday night, the Tilton-Northfield fire department was parked outside their home – but they were not there to fight a fire. Instead, the fire department and other members of the community had come together for the unveiling of Seth Peake’s new bedroom.
Seth, a 10-year-old boy who was diagnosed with hemophilia before he was born, was selected in May to have his bedroom reconstructed by the Corner Kingdom Project. The nonprofit organization is based in New Hampshire and its mission is to renovate rooms of children with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.
One symptom of Seth’s hemophilia is chronic bleeding, which can sometimes cause him to be bedridden for hours, even days at a time. To keep his blood clotting normally, Seth needs to receive home protein infusions every other day.
Until last weekend, Seth’s bedroom didn’t have adequate storage for his medical supplies or proper lighting to administer his infusions. Instead, his infusions were done in the family’s living room, down the hall from Seth’s bedroom. This proved a difficult task on the many days when Seth was in too much pain to walk.
When Seth’s family heard about the Corner Kingdom Project’s program, they knew a renovation could make a real difference for him.
After their application was accepted, the family worked with the nonprofit to fundraise. To do that, they held a “Rock Band” tournament at Smitty’s cinema in Tilton and shared Seth’s story online to bring attention to the cause.
Finally, after four months, they were able to collect enough money for the project.
Last Friday, the Corner Kingdom Project sent the Peake family to the Hampton Inn & Suites in Tilton for the night. On Saturday, a crew of volunteers arrived at 9 a.m. and worked for almost 10 hours to complete Seth’s new space.