September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Posted in: Special Spaces Newsletter- Sep 20, 2017 No Comments

Special Spaces was founded on the mission to help children facing life threatening illnesses, particularly cancer. Our goal is to create a bedroom where the child can heal, recover, and find peace. During this very special month, we would like to honor our many children and families who continue to battle this terrible disease. We would like to show our support for you by “Going Gold” and encouraging our friends to join us!

Together, we truly are… Changing Children’s Lives One Bedroom at a Time!

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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A world without childhood cancer begins with research aimed at finding a cure.
Join us this September as we #GoGold to show our support of every family
who is fighting for a cancer free world.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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Sailing Into Summer!!

Posted in: Special Spaces Newsletter- Aug 17, 2017 Comments Off on Sailing Into Summer!!

Special Spaces Dream Bedroom Makeover

We’re sailing into summer!!! Our bright and sunny days have turned into many new dream bedroom makeovers for children across Wisconsin and Iowa. We’ve highlighted just a few here and encourage you to explore our website for more exciting pictures.

100th Dream Bedroom

Coming Soon… we are excited to announce that we have almost reached our 100th dream bedroom makeover in the Wisconsin area!!! We feel so blessed that this important mission continues to receive such strong support from all of our donors and volunteers. Thank you!! Pictures of this very special bedroom makeover will be shared soon, please stay tuned.

Want to become part of a volunteer team? Please visit: Become a Special Spaces Volunteer.

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Aiden’s Wrestling Special Space

7-year-old Aiden was awestruck when he saw the tremendous transformation of his bedroom!! What more could an avid gamer, wrestling, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan could ask for!! He will be reminded everyday by his favorite wrestler John Cena to ‘Never Give Up’!! SPECIAL THANKS to our corporate sponsor, Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation, and their wonderful team of volunteers. You truly made a difference to this remarkable young man, as he will now be able to recover, heal, and find peace in his new Special Space.

Special Spaces Dream Bedroom Makeover

~ Never Give Up. ~

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Bo’s Camping Special Space

3-year-old Bo had a blast exploring his new tent inside his dream bedroom!! Together with his brother, he will enjoy many campouts in these special woods hand-painted by Crayons Gone Wild Murals. Thanks to our amazing director DeLane, and her wonderful team of volunteers, along with continued support from Steinhafels Furniture, Roman Electric Company, Closet Concepts, LLC, Bo will be able to recover, heal, and find peace in his new Special Space.

Special Spaces Dream Bedroom Makeover

~ Light a campfire and everyone’s a storyteller. ~

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Splash into Summer with Special Spaces!!

Posted in: Special Spaces Newsletter- Jun 28, 2017 Comments Off on Splash into Summer with Special Spaces!!

Special Spaces MilwaukeeAs we roll into summer Special Spaces Wisconsin has been busy creating dream bedroom makeovers for children with life threatening illnesses. We have had the privilege of working with many corporate sponsors this month and are so thankful for their support! Together, we truly are making a difference to children suffering from cancer, brain tumors, and heart conditions. THANK YOU!!!

BAIRD Gives Back Day

Baird Gives Back to Special Spaces MilwaukeeWe were honored to be included in BAIRD’s annual BAIRD Gives Back day. Thank you for all of your support and helping us make dreams come true! Read on to learn more about the Green Bay Packer themed dream bedroom for 13-year-old Emanuel that BAIRD’s team of volunteers worked with us to create!

 

>>> CLICK HERE TO VIEW A VIDEO OF EMANUEL’S BEDROOM REVEAL <<<

Special Spaces Emanuel Video Reveal Green Bay Packer Dream Bedroom

Emanuel’s GB Packer Special Space

THANK YOU Team Emanuel!! Emanuel was truly touched when he saw his new Green Bay Packers themed dream bedroom. SPECIAL THANKS to our corporate sponsor BAIRD + their wonderful team of volunteers for including us on their annual #BairdGivesBack day!! We are happy that Emanuel now has his very own Special Space in which he will be able to recover, heal, and find peace.

Emanuel's Green Bay Packer Special Space

~ Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success. ~

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Emily’s Pretty + Cozy Special Space

THANK YOU Team Emily!!! Emily is so full of life + kindness. She is loved by soooo many and well known for her deliciously cute cupcakes. For her dream bedroom she requested lots of lights + bling, asked that it be filled with photos of her family and friends. Emily has been battling cancer since October 2015, so we are happy to provide her with a Special Space to call her own in which she can recover, heal, and find peace.

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~ Live and love in rooms full of light. ~

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Happy Father’s Day

We hope that all of our very dedicated dads, volunteer dads, caregiver dads, donor dads, step dads, and grandfathers had a Happy Father’s Day! We are thankful for ALL that you do!!
Happy Fathers Day 2017
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A Mother’s Love Is Forever!!

Posted in: Special Spaces Newsletter- May 22, 2017 Comments Off on A Mother’s Love Is Forever!!

To say that that Special Spaces Wisconsin has been “busy” is a HUGE understatement. We’ve started the first quarter off with a bang! Together, we have created 10 bedroom makeovers from January-March. In addition, we have 7 bedroom makeovers scheduled for the second quarter. Stay up-to-date with us via our Facebook pages and website. We truly enjoy sharing sneak peaks, pictures, videos, thank you letters, and more from all of our families.

Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation

We are honored to announce that the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation has selected Special Spaces Wisconsin to receive a very generous grant. The mission of the Foundation is to support local housing-related causes that directly benefit the needs of the people and communities. Together, with the Coldwell Banker brokers, we look forward to providing bedroom makeovers to local children. Thank you for all of your support and helping us make dreams come true!

Coldwell Banker Foundation
Coldwell Banker Foundation Donation to Special Spaces
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Tess’s Bohemian Special Space

THANK YOU Team Tess!!! Your hard work and endless efforts help to support an important mission. Tess’s bohemian dream bedroom makeover is bright + cheerful! Tess and her siblings enjoy spending time together in it. We know Tess will be cozy + comfortable while recovering from cancer in her new Special Space.
Tess's Bohemian Special Space

~ Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~

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Emma’s Lilly Pulitzer Special Space

THANK YOU Team Emma Rose!!! Emma’s smile + excitement lit up the entire room at the reveal of her Lilly Pulitzer themed dream bedroom makeover! We know Emma will continue to put up a strong fight against cancer, and when it’s time to rest, she’ll be able to recover, heal, and find peace in her new Special Space.
Emma's Lilly Pulitzer Special Space

~ Life is tough, my darling, but so are You. ~

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Happy Mother’s Day

Special Spaces wishes ALL wonderful moms, caregiver moms, volunteer moms, donor moms, step moms, and grandmothers a Happy Mothers Day! We hope you enjoy a special day; we’re thankful for all that you do!!
Happy Mother's Day
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Spring Uplifts the Soul!!

Posted in: Special Spaces Newsletter- Apr 10, 2017 Comments Off on Spring Uplifts the Soul!!

Dream Bedroom Makeover ~ Special Spaces Wisconsin Dream Bedroom Makeover ~ Special Spaces Wisconsin
Special Spaces Wisconsin is kicking off Spring with many beautifully bright and fun dream bedroom makeovers! We have created nine dream bedroom makeovers to date this year and have a growing list of children in need. 2017 is going to be a busy year! Please stay up-to-date with us via our website and Facebook page(s). We truly enjoy sharing videos, pictures, sneak peaks, thank you letters, and more from ALL of our Special Spaces families and Chapters.

To volunteer your talents to support this special mission please visit: Become a Special Spaces Volunteer.

~ No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~

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Elysia’s Sparkly Special Space

Green Bay Special Spaces was honored to welcome Elysia home from a lengthy stay at the hospital with a wonderful new dream bedroom. Elysia and her sister Josie celebrated together with screams of joy and lots of hugs!! Green Bay Director, Mike Bailey, and his talented team of volunteers created an All Things That Shine themed bedroom for *TEAM SPARKLE*. These sisters always wear sparkly attire to Elysia’s treatments and doctor appointments. Their new special space offers cool organization options and fun places to hang out together.

Thank you Team Elysia for all of your hard work and endless dedication!

Please visit and ‘LIKE’ the Green Bay Special Spaces Facebook to view a fun reveal video and many more pictures of Elysia’s shiny dream bedroom makeover!

Dream Bedroom Makeover ~ Special Spaces Wisconsin

~ Lead a life that glitters; do more of what makes you sparkle. ~

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DREAM BIG GALA 2017

2017 Dream Big Gala Thank You
Be sure to visit and ‘LIKE’ the Milwaukee Special Spaces Facebook to view pictures from our 2017 Dream Big Gala and to receive updates, videos, and pictures of future dream bedroom makeovers.

~ Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions. ~


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Turning Dreams Into Reality!!

Posted in: Special Spaces Newsletter- Jan 30, 2017 Comments Off on Turning Dreams Into Reality!!

Special Spaces Wisconsin is off to a busy start and we know it’s going to be great year! The beginning of a new year takes you a step closer to the attainment of your dreams. We hope this year is the breakthrough one and your dreams turn into reality!

Our Dream Big Gala helps to provide support for our important mission to change children’s lives one bedroom at a time. Be sure to send in your RSVP card because Friday, February 24, 2017 will be a magical evening for all involved! We hope to see YOU there.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!!!

~ A promising and a fulfilling New Year is waiting for you! ~

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Eli’s Sporty Special Space

Eli is an adorable 4-year-old that makes everyone smile. He loves sports, especially basketball, and he was delighted to find a basketball hoop on the wall in his new dream bedroom. Eli shares his special space with 2 brothers and our designers were extra creative in providing plenty of room for everybody. They even included a fun-filled ‘kids only’ fort under Eli’s bunk-bed for all of the siblings to share.

Be sure to visit and ‘LIKE’ the Milwaukee Special Spaces Facebook to view a wonderful thank you VIDEO shared with us from Eli and his family detailing everything he loves in his new room!

Eli's Sporty Special Space

THANK YOU to Team Eli, including volunteers from Northwestern Mutual, for donating their time and talents. We always appreciate sponsors that can also offer volunteers to personally help bring dream bedroom makeovers to life. We were honored that so many people signed up to spend their day helping Special Spaces; two teams helped created both of our featured rooms this month!

Thank you to Northwestern Mutual

Thank You Team Eli!

~ The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. ~

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Alexis’s Playful Special Space

15-year-old Alexis loves music, nail polish, and playful wigs. She is a spunky teenager and her room was created with all things ‘teen’ in mind. She was excited to discover that she has her very own desk in her new dream bedroom. Alexis said that the new energy in her space was calming + uplifting. Her strong spirit is contagious; we truly hope she is able to heal, find comfort and peace in her new special space.

Alexis's Playful Special Space

THANK YOU to Team Alexis, including volunteers from Northwestern Mutual, for sharing your day collectively creating this special space. Those who helped in all ways big + small made a long-lasting difference in this young lady’s life. Again, we were honored that so many people signed up to spend their day helping Special Spaces; two teams to helped build both of our featured rooms this month!

Thank you to Northwestern Mutual

Thank You Team Alexis!

~ No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. ~

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HEART OF CANAL STREET

We did “WIN BIG”!! Joined by donors, friends, and family, it was such an honor to represent Special Spaces Wisconsin at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. Total winnings for the Heart of Canal Street were announced at over 1.1 million dollars this year. A new record! The Heart of Canal Street team joined us at Joel’s room for a tour of a child’s bedroom and presented us with a check for over $36,000.00. We are proud to be part of such an amazing organization doing wonderful things for children in our community. Visit paysbig.com/heart to learn more!

Hear of Canal Street Thank You

Heart of Canal Street - Potawatomi Hotel& Casino

~ Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~

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Warmest Holiday Wishes!!

Posted in: Special Spaces Newsletter- Jan 03, 2017 Comments Off on Warmest Holiday Wishes!!

We wish to extend our warmest greetings of the season and best wishes for happiness in the New Year to ALL of YOU: our special families, volunteers, local sponsors, corporate donors, families, and friends. We are excited for the New Year ahead, especially as our Dream Big Gala approaches!
Be sure to save the date, Friday, February 24, 2017, for this magical evening.

~ Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! ~

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Eli’s Sporty Special Space

Eli's Special SpaceEli is an adorable 4-year-old that makes everyone smile. He loves dinosaurs and is very knowledgeable of their names and facts. His favorite color is red and his new bedroom with be sports themed: he enjoys playing baseball, basketball, football, and soccer.

Be sure to visit and ‘LIKE’ the Milwaukee Special Spaces Facebook so you can view the pictures of Eli’s dream bedroom makeover in January.

~ If you don’t have a smile, I’ll give you one of mine. ~

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Ty’s Dinosaur Spacial Space

Ty's Special SpaceSpecial Spaces Wisconsin was honored to be asked by Make-A-Wish Wisconsin to assist with Ty’s wish for a new dinosaur themed bedroom!

7-year-old Ty loves totally dinosaurs, so it was tons of fun to witness how thrilled he was to discover his bedroom wall covered in a gigantic hand painted dinosaur wall mural by Crayons Gone Wild Murals.

Ty has an amazingly strong spirit and we truly hope he is able to heal, find comfort and peace in his new special space.

Ty's Special Space

Make A Wish Wisconsin

We’d like to extend a huge dinosaur sized THANK YOU to Team Ty, an uplifting group of volunteers to work with! Thanks again to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin for allowing us to be a part of Ty’s wish!
Team Ty - Special Spaces Wisconsin

~ Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! ~

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Congrats Special Spaces DuBuque

For the third year in a row, Crawford North, a division of Crawford Company, has awarded a total of $2,250 from Crawford Cares to three non-profits dedicated to service and making positive impact in the region. Special Spaces Dubuque was selected as the first place winner and received a $1,500 donation!!

“We can’t thank Crawford Company enough for this wonderful donation to create a dream bedroom for a little one having to deal with a life threatening illness. A donation like this means a lot to our organization. We couldn’t do these dream bedroom makeovers without donations like this. We are grateful for your support” – Ann Decker, Special Spaces Dubuque

Crawford Cares Gift to Special Spaces DuBuque

~ Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. ~

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Dream Big Gala Update

Special Spaces AngelsSpecial Spaces Wisconsin is dreaming BIG! Our “angels’ have been busy securing auction donations, confirming sponsorships, and working on all the details to make it a spectacular evening just for YOU!

Please let us know if you’d like to help. We are currently looking for a few volunteers to be a part of the Gala setup on Thursday, February 23rd during the day and “angels” to help with the auction.

We would love for you to join the “Friends of Special Spaces Team” and look forward to seeing you on February 24th. Thank you for helping us make dreams come true!

~ The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly. ~

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Celebrating Our 75th Room ~ Leonard Loves Legos!!

Posted in: Special Spaces Newsletter- Nov 13, 2016 Comments Off on Celebrating Our 75th Room ~ Leonard Loves Legos!!

75th Dream Bedroom Makeover!!

Have you ever heard the saying, “Time fly’s when you’re having fun” … well, we couldn’t agree more; Special Spaces Wisconsin is celebrating our 75th dream bedroom makeover! Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday we expanded this mission to Wisconsin, and already we’ve created a total of 75 SPECIAL SPACES!!! Thank you to the Northwestern Mutual volunteer team for helping us reach this milestone with Leonard’s Lego/Turtle special space!

~ The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. ~

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Leonard’s Lego Turtle Special Space

Leonard's Special Space

6-year-old Leonard loves Legos and turtles. Leonard shares a bedroom with his two brothers, 4-year-old Simon and baby James. Leonard and Simon were totally over the moon when they saw this fun hand painted wall mural by Crayons Gone Wild Murals. Leonard has been an avid fighter against cancer since his diagnosis and we truly hope he is able to heal, find comfort and peace in his new special space.

Leonard's Special Space

“This whole experience was an absolute blessing. My kids thought you were just Heaven on Earth and my husband and I are so grateful for your hard work.” ~ Leonard’s Mom

We’d like to extend a SUPER BIG THANK YOU to Team Leonard, which included many of our favorite Northwestern Mutual volunteers, they are always so uplifting and such an amazing group to work with!

Team Leonard - Northwest Mutal Volunteers

~ The greatest gift we give to someone who loves us is simply to be happy. ~

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Heart of Canal Street

Heart of Canal Street is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s community program that raises funds for children’s charities and Special Spaces Wisconsin is in the running to be a beneficiary. Half of each $3 or $7 Canal Street Bingo game purchased goes to the Heart of Canal Street fund, which totaled more than $1 million last year and provided funding to children’s charities in southeastern Wisconsin. Help give the gift of a promising future by playing the Canal Street Bingo game now through Dec. 15th.
Visit paysbig.com/heart to learn more!

Heart of Canal Street - Play BIngo for Children's Charities

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#Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season! This November 29th, join the movement and give: whether it’s your time, a monetary donation, or the power of your voice in your local community. Come together with your family, your community, your company, or your organization of choice, and find a way to give back! Please keep Special Spaces in mind when donating to your favorite charities for #GivingTuesday

Please feel free to visit Special Spaces online if you would like to donate to our mission.

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We Make Cancer Not So Scary!

Posted in: Special Spaces Newsletter- Oct 28, 2016 Comments Off on We Make Cancer Not So Scary!

October News + Updates

Special Spaces volunteers give back and help others but it’s also about so much more. Volunteering offers new experiences and insights while creating connections with people you may not have otherwise met. Our volunteers amaze us and it’s hard to fully express how much they contribute to our team. Their dedication continues to move our mission forward. We truly are changing children’s lives one bedroom at a time. Please feel free to contact Special Spaces if you would like to join us in this important mission.

~ Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~

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Isaac’s Minecraft Special Space

Issac's Special SpaceIsaac is a very sweet 8-year-old boy that enjoys fishing, soccer, and playing video games. Isaac’s dream bedroom was a Minecraft fishing themed room. His favorite item in the room was the TNT throw pillow on his bed. Isaac was super excited when he discovered that his bed elevated. Children are very special souls and they teach us important lessons; although he is battling cancer, Issac always keeps a positive attitude and a smile on his face.

Issac's Special Space

Thank you to all of our extraordinary volunteers and Crayons Gone Wild Murals for making this makeover happen! Be sure to visit and ‘LIKE’ the Milwaukee Special Spaces Facebook to view more pictures from Issac’s dream bedroom makeover.

~ The only difference between a good day & a bad day is your attitude. ~

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Elysia’s Sparkly Special Space

Elysia's Team Sparkle9-year-old Elysia is a gentle soul who didn’t have any particular requests for her makeover. She and her sister, Josie, are unbelievably close and share the same bedroom. One could finish the others sentences, almost like twins. Green Bay Director, Mike Bailey, chose All Things That Shine for the room theme because they have become ‘TEAM SPARKLE’ to overcome Elysia’s cancer diagnosis. They always wear their sparkly attire to her treatments and doctor appointments. Special Spaces Green Bay will be providing them with organizational items, and fun places to hang out within their room makeover.
Dream Sparkle Shine
Thank you Team Elysia for all of your hard work and endless dedication!

Be sure to visit and ‘LIKE’ the Green Bay Special Spaces Facebook so you can view pictures of Elysia’s sparkly dream bedroom makeover in November.

~ Lead a life that glitters; do more of what makes you sparkle. ~

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Happy Halloween

Halloween Safety TipsHalloween is one of the best nights of the year for kids! It’s easy to understand why… when else do they get to dress up as their favorite character, collect candy to their heart’s content, and stay up past their bedtime? Of course, we all want kids to enjoy a hauntingly fun night, but – safety first! Here are four easy tips to help ensure the night is full of treats rather than tricks.

1. Plan trick-or-treating route in advance: Map out a route before leaving the house. Stick to paths that you and your child are familiar with to avoid getting lost. Be sure to wear comfy shoes!

2. Stay well lit: Apply reflective tape to your child’s costume to ensure they are seen by drivers on the road. Also, carry a flashlight with you to keep your child’s path lit at all times.

3. Avoid uncomfortable masks: Masks can make it difficult for your child to see or breathe. If possible, skip the mask altogether and use non-toxic make-up to complete the costume instead.

4. Check your child’s candy: When sorting through candy at the end of the night, be sure to throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper, or looks as though it has been opened or tampered with.

~ When witches go riding, and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers, ’tis near Halloween. ~

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