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9-year-old girl helps 3-year-old cancer survivor get 'dream room'

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. - Three-year-old Chloe Herrington may have learned to walk a little slower, and can't quite speak, but you can tell by the look on her face when she's dancing, that she is a happy little girl.

"We did not know she had Down's syndrome when she was born, so it was a big surprise, but it turned out to be the most incredible surprise of our lives," Chloe's mom Beth Herrington said.

What you don't see is that, in her young life, Chloe has been through more trials and tribulations than most adults.

"Her whole last year was four walls in a hospital room," Herrington explained.

Chloe was diagnosed with Leukemia last year, but because of her strong will and after months of chemotherapy, Chloe is in remission and recovering at home with her five brothers and sisters.

After nine months in a sterile hospital room, Herrington wanted nothing more for her daughter than a safe place where she could be a kid.

That's where 9-year-old Kylie Krueger comes in.

"My grandma had cancer so I knew what it felt like for her," Kylie said.

Kylie may be small, but she has a big heart. Along with help from the Sweet Dreams Foundation, she is helping to build Chloe her dream fairy-themed bedroom.

"We want to create a safe haven for these children, a space where they can just be a kid," Sweet Dreams Foundation Jennifer Richards said.

Richards founded Sweet Dreams in 2006. With her team of volunteers, she builds dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses.

When Kylie heard what the foundation was doing for Chloe, she wasted no time getting to work.

"I went to my principal Steve Lewis and asked him if I could put a jar in each classroom," Kylie said.

Along with the help from her classmates at Clarksburg Charter Elementary School, Kylie raised more than $6,000 to build Chloe's dream room.

When the room is completed this Saturday, the room will be stocked with large flowers, fiber optic lighting to make a firefly-lit sky and a big butterfly bed.

For the Herrington family, it is more than a fresh coat of paint and a few new toys; the new room will be a sanctuary to make new memories with new friends.

"For Chloe this is freedom," Herrington said. "This is a way for her to forget the doctors and forget the needle sticks and forget the chemo, a place for her to be a three year old."

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