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(CNN/WFAA) - A U.S. Marine is working to bring smiles to the faces of sick children, one perfectly decorated room at a time.

The terrible twos aren't so terrible inside the Perry home. They're a gift. 

"She's a little fighter," said Stephanie Perry, Brielle's mother. 

The two girls are non-stop. And for much of 2013, so was the bad news.

Brielle Perry was born with Down syndrome, and a heart defect. But, at 18-months-old, "That's when we found out she had leukemia. April 5, I'll never forget it," Stephanie said.

Chemo stole her pigtails and burned her face. Her family documented it all, posting videos of her fight online. That's how generous strangers found her.

"We're put on this planet for a certain amount of time, if we just take, take, take and we never give back, then we don't leave anything for other people to have," said Joshua Jones.

Erica and Joshua Jones spoke via Skype. This Thanksgiving week they are in Kentucky visiting family. He's a marine based in Fort Worth. "Sunshine Spaces Room for Hope" is their new organization. They're going to renovate rooms for sick kids. Brielle will be their first, but big sis Reese deserves one too.

"I want the walls to be bubbles and the bubbles to be silver," she said.  "This is gonna be so huge." 

Local stores are donating supplies. Sunshine spaces has raised 70% of its $5-thousand dollar goal. They still need money, like Brielle still needs hope. They'll find out next week if the chemo worked.

"You know the unknowns that caused us to be scared have turned out to be the best blessings in life," said Ryan.

It's so unfair for a child to face this fight, but this child has a loving family. 

"Cancer can't keep her down," said Stephanie. And even loving strangers fighting with her.

 

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