Teen raises money for horse-themed room at St. Vincent

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An incoming freshman at Brebeuf is sharing her love for horses with other children at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent.

Fifteen-year-old Abigail Boldt from Zionsville was diagnosed with leukemia last October. During a 15-day stay for treatment, she realized while she was staying in a Colts-themed room, there were many rooms without a special design.

Now in remission, Abigail raised $25,000 and helped create an equestrian-themed room, complete with stirrups, ribbons and even a saddle.

"It's kind of entertaining to be in a room, because you have something to look at, rather than being in a room that's not decorated," Boldt said. "I just hope it helps them feel more comfortable, especially because horses are such a comforting animal to me."

"This room has brought her joy, also helped her give back and help her be able to contribute to the health and well-being of our children," said pediatric oncologist Dr. Jessica Goodman. "When our patients are in better spirits, I think they tolerate therapy better, I think their outlook is more positive and it just makes it easier for them to comply with treatment."

Abigail says if you look closely, you will see many pictures featuring her 13-year-old horse named Pete.