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MEET COLE BARDEN

Cole was just shy of being cancer free for 10 years when he was diagnosed with his second ependymoma. He had his third brain surgery in January 2019. A week after he was sent home from surgery, he had a series of seizures at home and had to be transported back to Mayo Rochester. He spent some time in ICU surrounded by family and friends. He did physical and occupational therapy for a few months afterword to get his strength back... which was followed by 35 more rounds of proton radiation. All of my treatment was done at Rochester Mayo. He had clear scans for about three months, and then a “spot” showed up in his scans in early 2020, the doctors weren’t sure if it was cancer or necrosis (dead brain tissue).

Cole had his fourth brain surgery on July 19, 2022 and it was confirmed the spot was another tumor. He is currently hoping to be accepted into a clinical trial in Seattle WA, so for now we are in another period of waiting.

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OUR MISSION

Mankato, MN

My Happy Place

My Happy Place is a 501(c)3 organization comprised of passionate volunteers whose intention is to create healing environments for individuals who are struggling with a serious health issue. A “healing environment” is often defined as one that has a nurturing and therapeutic effect. We simply call it, “my happy place”.

For the person on a serious health journey, a healing environment can help to lower stress and anxiety, reduce pain, accelerate recovery and promote a sense of well-being. My Happy Place does all that, and more. Often times, the news that the individual
is going to have a “happy place” created for them, is the first good news they’ve received since their diagnosis. This gives them something to look forward to other than focusing on their illness.

We work closely with the recipient to design and personalize the selected space at their home that will provide the most benefit. We will create a place that embodies soothing colors, cleanliness, sounds, scents and visual stimuli. We use specially curated items that will provide comfort, resulting in a new space that will help to strengthen their ability to cope and recover.

What we offer is one part of the healing process, and we believe a very significant part. Our hope is that each time the recipient walks into their “happy place”, they are reminded they are not alone on their journey – they have the love and support of friends, family and their community.

Serving qualifying recipients in the Greater Mankato, MN area.

My Happy Haven – Mankato is under the Group Exemption of
My Happy Place – Mason City, IA, Inc. for 501(c) 3 tax – deductible purposes.
My Happy Place – Mason City EIN: 46-2628458
My Happy Haven – Mankato EIN: 87-1448565

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MEET OUR BOARD

Jaci Hanson

Director/President

Anna Reichel

Secretary

Tracy Zins

Treasurer

Sherry Schultze

Photographer

Jeni Bubholz

Board Member

Kendall Raatz

Board Member

MY HAPPY PLACE – MANKATO, MN SERVING THE GREATER MANKATO AREA

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