Special Spaces Michigan gifts dream bedroom to 12-year-old cystic fibrosis patient

By: Gabriela Gonzalez Email
By: Gabriela Gonzalez Email

Special Spaces Michigan made another dream come true on Friday, gifting a dream bedroom to a Michiana child suffering from cystic fibrosis.

It was all smiles for Dylan Anderson as he saw his Chicago Bulls themed room for the first time.

"I was just speechless," said Anderson. "I was just really excited and happy."

The idea for the room makeover began as a coincidence when Tammy Bentley, Anderson's grandmother, happened to hear about the non-profit group, Special Spaces, on the radio.

"Special Spaces got my attention right away when I heard them. Then when they said it's for children with life threatening illnesses, immediately Dylan came to my mind," said Bentley.

Special Spaces Michigan is a group that gifts children with life-threatening illnesses a special room. Anderson suffers from cystic fibrosis, which leaves his immune system weak and limits his outdoor activities and forces him to undergo daily breathing treatments.

"He was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at three months," said Bentley. "He has had a rough life. I just knew he deserved something like this."

Special Spaces Michigan's co-directors hope that this new space will help make Anderson daily routine easier.

"I know he's going to be so grateful as we are just to be able to give him something to make him happy and comfortable," said co-director Jill Bond.

Volunteers spent the day painting, drilling and organizing the new room, all to surprise Anderson with the final product.

"I just know that this is going to make Dylan's disability a lot easier for him to deal with," said Bentley. "Now he's going to have his own space where he feels like he matters and he means something,"

Anderson got that message loud and clear saying, "…a lot of people actually care."

He'll no longer have to lug around his medical equipment, as it now has its very own Bulls locker to be stored in.

From bobble heads to signed jerseys, Anderson will have constant reminders of the effort family and volunteers put in to show their support.

For more information on Special Spaces Michigan and the services they provide to Michiana, click here.

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