Welcome to our gallery! Here, you can explore our transformation projects, complete with a biography, picture, and gallery of the bedroom redesign process. Click on the buttons below to view each full gallery.
Andrew is a courageous, 11 year-old boy from Kenosha, WI who is facing his second battle against cancer. In June of 2008, at 2 years old, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). He endured over 3 years of treatment, including chemotherapy and painful lumbar punctures. In October of 2016 Andrew relapsed with ALL. After relapse he stayed in the hospital from around Thanksgiving time through New Year's, staying at home only about 25 days in the first 4 months of treatment. Andrew is once again undergoing chemotherapy and is currently looking at an additional year and a half of active treatment, which is much more difficult with stronger, more intense doses of chemo.
Andrew also has Ataxic Cerebral Palsy which impacts the muscle tone in his legs and sometimes his balance. He tends to walk on his toes and at times struggles with fine motor control. He was born premature and in combination with the chemotherapy injections into his spinal fluid he has learning delays and processing issues. He has always been an outgoing, social boy, but as of late he has struggled with anxiety and self-image due to fatigue and hair loss.
When we walked into Andrew’s room for the first time, there is no doubt he finds his safe place and escape in his room filled with Legos. In every corner you find Star Wars toys and Star Wars characters built from Legos. In addition to Legos, Andrew loves all animals, especially golden retrievers and riding horses at a therapy program. Andrew was sharing a room with his brother until January 2017. He now has his own space Designing Dreams transformed into his dream bedroom- A Star Wars escape where he can create, play, and recover back to his energetic self. August of 2017 we had so much fun transforming a place for this fun-loving boy, Andrew! #TeamAndrew
Clementine (Emmy), age 8, was diagnosed in November 2016 with bleeding on the brain due to a tumor. After a successful surgery to remove the tumor, her family had the final devastating diagnosis of cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme grade 4 (GBM). She went through 6 weeks of radiation and is now participating in a clinical trial in Pittsburgh to increase her chances of a positive prognosis. The trial is run by the University of Pittsburgh at Children’s.
Clementine is a wonderful, loving 8 year-old little girl who is continuously expressing generosity and thinking about others, especially her sister Penelope (Penny). She enjoys expressing her creativity throwing different outfits together, and her family jokes that she could be the next Betsy Johnson. Her unique creativity also extends to her art projects. Emmy and Penny hoped to have cozy spaces to curl up and read their books.
Despite the difficult battle Clementine is facing, she continues to remain positive and think about others. Designing Dreams' goal was to create a perfect escape for Penny and Emmy where they can read a good book or create a masterpiece. Emmy lights up a room with her smile and her positive energy is undeniable. It was wonderful getting to know Emmy and her entire family. #TeamClementine
Bella is a spunky 14 year-old girl with an obsession for makeup and a creative passion for painting, DIY projects, watching Netflix, making videos and singing. She also enjoys biking and mountain biking. Her favorite colors include lavender, baby blue, dusty rose and maroon. Bella’s dream job is to be a movie makeup artist or actress.
In December 2015, Bella developed a hard lump on her left hand after hanging from a pull up bar. Her primary care physician ordered X-Rays, which showed damage to the bone in her hand. A follow-up CT scan showed probable malignancy. After surgical excision of her tumor, Bella was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that affects connective tissue in the body. Throughout 2016, Bella endured a long, difficult treatment path. She underwent chemotherapy weekly, sometimes daily for a week, from the end of January 2016 until just recently. She also received daily doses of regular and highly concentrated radiation for 5½ weeks. Through her strength and perseverance, Bella’s treatment has shown excellent results.
Bella has remained optimistic throughout her journey, immersing herself in artistic activities and keeping a courageous, positive attitude. We hope to surround Bella with her favorite things, providing her a room where she can let her creativity soar, whether it is doing makeup, creating art pieces, or making movies. Designing Dreams is so excited to work with this glamorous girl and her family throughout late winter of 2017!
Let us introduce you to Henry. Henry is a lively, social little boy from Minneapolis, Minnesota who was diagnosed with Leukemia in February of 2015. Treatment for Henry's type of leukemia typically lasts a total of 3 and a half years, the 3rd year being required only for males. The first year of treatment was intense and Henry was very ill. He lost his hair, his appetite, and his energy. He also battled ear infections, colds, diarrhea, vomiting, and anger and sadness. The steroids Henry takes make him feel these intense emotions. Many days were spent at the hospital for treatment, and his care team became a second family.
Henry's response to treatment thus far has been fairly good. Currently he is developing a condition called neuropathy, which causes him to lose feeling in his arms and legs causing him to fall and trip frequently. Other side effects have caused a rash to spread across his entire face, brain fog, and slurred speech. Unfortunately, like many other children, he will have long term chemotherapy effects, which could include development of an additional form of cancer. He will have cognitive issues, dental issues, and muscle and bone issues as a result.
Despite Henry’s hardships at a young age, he still enjoys being a very active 3 year old! He has a passion for anything hockey and loves superheroes and cars. He is also very intelligent, never wanting to a put a book down. Henry’s creativity is undeniable, shown in his love for building.
The Designing Dreams team was beyond thrilled to complete Henry’s bedroom transformation in December 2016! Our goal was to capture his positive and creative energy within our work. We feel privileged to have had the chance to work with and get to know Henry and his family. Henry and his family have been a blessing to Designing Dreams!
Meet Cecilia, our 7th bedroom transformation recipient! In April of 2016, Ceci was diagnosed with a Stage 3 Wilms Tumor. As a result, she underwent surgery in May 2016 at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The surgical team was able to remove the entire pineapple size tumor along with her left kidney and part of her diaphragm. In the same month, Ceci began radiation and chemo treatments which are scheduled to last through the upcoming year. Ceci’s father, mother, and sister have all demonstrated incredible strength throughout this difficult journey. Her mother is currently taking time off of work to support Ceci and all of her needs. Please take a look at the link below to learn more about Ceci’s story and how you can help: https://www.youcaring.com/cecilia-anschutz-56…/update/513678
Ceci is described as a girly-girl, extremly sweet, smart, kind, animated, and quite the goofball! She loves to play outside, jump off the dock into the lake, visit with family, play with friends, dance, and cook. Ceci’s dream job is to either be a chef, dancer, singer, or piano player. The Designing Dreams team was extremely thrilled to transform a space for Ceci in October 2016! #TeamCeci
Meet out next bedroom recipient, Mason! Mason is an adorable four-year-old boy from St. Paul, Minnesota who was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) when he was two. ALL is a cancer of the white blood cells, the cells that are used to fight infections. Since his initial diagnosis, he has undergone induction therapy and has also endured many rounds of both intravenous (IV) and spinal chemotherapy. Mason has responded very well to treatment – yet he continues to receive monthly IV chemotherapy as well as spinal chemotherapy every three months. In addition to receiving chemotherapy at the hospital, he has many medications to take, sometimes reaching up to 14 pills in a single day. As a result of Mason’s extensive treatment, he has chronic leg pain, making it hard for him to keep up with his brother and sister (Kole and Ava). However, this doesn’t stop him from being the wild and fun little boy that he is!
Mason is truly a trooper and always has a smile on his face, which is extremely inspirational considering his difficult treatment. Mason currently shares a room with his twin brother, Kole. It is no surprise that Mason and his brother have a special bond; Kole always misses his brother during the hospital stays and numerous medical appointments Mason must attend. Both boys admire superheros: Mason loves Batman, while his brother loves Spiderman. The twins spend time coloring together, and often show off their artwork around their room.
The Designing Dreams team loved giving Mason a new reason to smile throughout the midst of all his treatments; a fun new room to play in, filled with his favorite toys! We hoped to transform Mason and Kole’s bedroom, capturing their energetic, fun spirits. Our team love to work with such an inspiring, bubbly fighter and his family in May 2016. #TeamMason
Meet Grant, our fifth bedroom transformation recipient! Grant is a 13-year-old boy from Georgetown, South Carolina. Grant recently came down with a cough, and he was sent to the Medical University of South Carolina after doctors found a mass in his chest. Grant was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma on August 31, 2015. He will be undergoing treatment for the next two-and-a-half years; the first six months being the most rigorous. Grant is unable to leave the hospital (whenever he has a fever) until his counts are high enough to fight infections on his own. He has been in and out of the hospital frequently due to a persistent cold.
Grant loves to hunt, fish, and play golf. As a result of his treatment, he will not have the energy to do the things he loves – such as go outside and hang out with friends. Grant’s family and friends describe him as having an awesome sense of humor. Since his diagnosis, he has been a source of strength for his family. Grant is extremely driven in school, having been on the honor roll since third grade! Every day his attitude is awesome, and his faith is strong.
The Designing Dreams team enjoyed working with Grant and his family in January of 2016. Over the next couple of years, Grant will be spending a lot of time in his room. We were so excited to give him a space to escape to! #TeamGrant
Meet our fourth bedroom recipient, Hailey! Hailey is a beautiful ten-year-old girl from Wisconsin who was diagnosed with high-grade anaplastic ependymoma in 2007. Anaplastic ependymoma is a condition that causes cancerous tumors in both her brain and spine. Hailey is a tough little girl who has undergone numerous surgeries, radiation and chemo treatments, as well as difficult procedures including spinal taps, MRIs, and more. She is currently enduring daily oral chemo treatments at home in addition to chemotherapy at the hospital every two weeks. Through the midst of her treatments, we are ecstatic to provide Hailey with an unforgettable bedroom transformation that can help take her mind off of her many treatments
Hailey has an infectious smile and brings a joyful presence into every room. She is extremely outgoing, and she loves to draw. Hailey especially enjoys writing cards to people that are sick. Like many young girls, pink and purple are her favorite colors. Hailey loves music and also the outdoors - one of her favorite things is to go fishing with her dad.
The Designing Dreams team was beyond excited to complete Hailey’s transformation in October 2015! Our goal was to capture her bright spirit within our work. Our team felt privileged to work with such an inspiring, positive, beautiful fighter. #TeamHailey
Meet our third bedroom redesign project recipient, Ben! Ben was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), a relatively rare Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, in January 2014. He completed his first round of treatment in May of 2014 but relapsed in June of 2014. He then started a different series of chemotherapy and received an umbilical stem cell transplant in September 2014. Ben’s treatment plan for the next year is to continue his rehabilitation and attend daily medical appointments. Although this past year Ben has faced many difficult medical battles, he has approached each situation with his humor proving he continually makes the best of every situation.
While Ben’s illness keeps him from his regular activities, including school, he still has a passion for an abundance of activities. Ben likes reading, loves video games and enjoys history. Outdoors, he enjoys swimming, sailing, camping, and playing in the yard with his friends. In the winter, he also enjoys skiing and snowboarding. Ben is an active Boy Scout, plays the violin, and sings in a choir. He seeks to make his community a better place by volunteering in a variety of ways. Ben's favorite colors are green and blue.
Designing Dreams redesigned Ben's bedroom in April of 2015.
Jared is a 12 year old boy who has Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), a cancer-like condition. LCH involves a proliferation of Langerhans or abnormal cells deriving from the bone marrow, which can migrate from skin to lymph nodes and can result in bone lesions as well as multisystem disease. He has a specific neurodegenerative type which affects his central nervous system leaving which has resulted in some physical limitations, cognitive issues etc. His speech at times is slurred. He is currently undergoing chemo for LCH. He has been getting chemo for a little over two years. His balance is off, so he needs somebody close by because he could fall at any time. He has had 133 chemo treatments so far and has never cried or had a negative attitude about any of it.
At the moment, Jared goes to school for half days where he must use a wheelchair. Jared is limited to what he can do because of mobility issues. His favorite things are Transformers, Legos too, and the Three Stooges. Jared’s favorite colors are green and red. He holds a lot of emotions inside. When his mother told him about Designing Dreams, he said he was so excited he was about to burst!
Designing Dreams redesigned Jared's bedroom in July of 2014.
When Jessica was only 3 years old she was diagnosed with you Ewing’s Sarcoma in her left tibia. She underwent chemo and radiation and was declared in remission.
Then, in July of 2008, the cancer was back - this time in her shoulder blade. She had more chemo and more radiation; in May of 2009 she was considered in remission again. In August of 2010, on routine scans, it was found the cancer was back in both her tibia and shoulder blade.
Jessica underwent more chemo and then surgery. February 3rd of 2011 she had her shoulder blade amputated and on March 22nd 2011 she had her leg amputated. That very night, after waking up from surgery, she wanted Auntie Anne's Pretzels, with extra cheese, and a blue Icee!
She finished chemo and 3 months later, on another routine scan, a spot was found in her lung. It was decided to wait and watch it for a while. In November of 2012, Jessica and her family decided it was time to see what she was dealing with. Jess had a biopsy and lung ablation. The biopsy came back positive for Ewing’s and once again, she was back on chemo. In July 2013, the unthinkable happened. The cancer had metastasized to her brain.
Jessica completed 19 days of whole brain radiation on August 13th of 2013. Recently after undergoing more treatment, doctors found that the tumors had shrunk over 50%. Great news!
Designing Dreams redesigned Jessica's bedroom in January of 2014. We appreciate every single supporter throughout the process of making this little girl’s dream come true.