Mitchell Ray is "unwell again" but if he and his devoted family are able to get home to Dubbo next week they will learn it has the "biggest heart".
The community-driven makeover of the family's West Dubbo home has been bolstered by more generosity and compassion.
Nettie Williams, who got the ball rolling on a revamp of the home, is hoping the condition of the seven-year-old boy with terminal cancer will improve.
"He's become unwell again," Mrs Williams said this week.
"Poor little darling.
"All they want to do is get home."
Last week the Daily Liberal reported of the Rotary Club of Dubbo South and its supporters embracing the project.
The front page story in this newspaper resulted in Mrs Williams fielding numerous offers of cash and in-kind support from businesses and individuals.
She is documenting the evolving project so the Ray family understands the community's sincere response to its plight.
"Thank you Dubbo," Mrs Williams said.
"You have the biggest heart."
Activity at the West Dubbo home is ramping up as the previously scheduled December 1 return of the family draws near.
O'Brien Plumbing Dubbo reached out to Mrs Williams last week after reading that Mitchell had "months not years", with an offer to build a "brand new bathroom".
"They started work on Friday...and it will be completed by the end of this weekend," she said.
Mrs Williams said Crampton's Carpets had "made a donation towards the carpet" it was laying throughout the house; Matt Lack Building had volunteered to alter doors to accommodate thicker carpet, and Luke Carman had put up his hand to install new light fittings.
Mrs Williams said Marty Nelson Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning was "prepared to replace" the home's air-conditioning but after finding it was in good shape, sent a team to fully service it.
Painter Chris Asimus, Macquarie 3D Paint Centre and Dulux had donated some of the paint needed to freshen up the house, she said.
The Rotary Club of Dubbo South will crank up its efforts to transform the house on Friday when a four-day working bee will begin.
"They will be painting inside and out, replanting garden beds, getting the yard ready and finishing the cleaning including windows and the inside of kitchen cupboards," Mrs Williams said.
The front page story included an appeal to the public for a lounge suite in good condition.
Mrs Williams soon had $2600 to spend after receiving $1000 from a man who asked for anonymity, $1000 from Colin and Nola Honeysett, $500 from Barb Taylor and $100 from 91-year-old Bert Williams.
"Home Sweet Home gave us an extra discount on the lounge which was the saleswoman's commission," she said.
"Then we went to look for a hallstand at Lounges Plus...the lady there rang her boss and they donated a beautiful hallstand to the value of $500."
The new lounge will be delivered on Monday, a day before Erin and Jeremy Ray, their children Mitchell, Hannah and Connor, are due home.
The family relocated after Mitchell was diagnosed in January with the rare neuroblastoma and flown to a Sydney hospital for cancer treatment.
Mrs Williams believes they do not know the extent of the makeover.
"They just need to get home and have this lovely Christmas in this beautiful, fresh home," she said.
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