Cole Barden’s Bedroom Makeover

On March 7, 2009 I was diagnosed with an Ependymoma (brain tumor) at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. I had brain surgery on March 11, 2009. They could not get all of the tumor so I had 2 rounds of chemotherapy and a second brain surgery on May 19, 2009. Dr...

Edye’s Birthday Fundraiser

Edye's Birthday FundraiserAs many of you know during the month of November I love to Give back to the Community that I am a part of. This year for my Birthday I am asking my friends and family to consider joining with me in contributing to My Happy Place a brand new...

Meet Caitlyn Petrie

I received the most gut-wrenching news this last May when I was diagnosed with triple negative, Stage 3 breast cancer. I was told it was aggressive and had spread to my lymph nodes. I’ve gone through 8 rounds of chemotherapy and am currently recovering from a...

MEET JENNIFER KEERAN

'm Jennifer Keeran. I am a 52-year-old preschool teacher living in Mason City, Iowa. In June 2022 I had been having some discomfort and visited my family doctor. After a referral, and exploratory surgery, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. I was scheduled to...

Meet Chantel Stuart

My name is Chantel Stuart, I'm 38 years old and I have been battling cancer since March 27, 2017. My symptoms came on like a freight train and within 2 weeks I was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and I was diagnosed with Cervical Adenocarcinoma stage 2B. The...

Meet Jayne Ford

Meet Jayne Ford Following a colonoscopy on February 1st, 2022 the doctor told my husband and I that he found a tumor in my colon. I was 37 years old. I had been having symptoms on and off for one year including weight loss and blood in my stool. I attributed it to...

Meet Nancy Green

Meet Nancy Green Nancy is mom to 2 grown daughters and has 7 grandchildren.  She met her husband of more than 40 years while at college in Mankato, and they stayed to raise their family locally.   Nancy has spent the last 16 years working to help people with...

Meet Darah Spittle

Darah is a 37-year-old mother of 2, recently engaged. In October 2021, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 HER2+ Breast Cancer. She had 6 rounds of aggressive chemotherapy and has since had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, all while undergoing radiation. Your...

Meet Katrina Dorow

My heart is so full with gratitude after hearing the news from Marcie Kay that I have been nominated by my mother, Carol, and selected for the Happy Haven master bedroom makeover. When I heard the news, gratitude and relief flooded my body. Happy tears of joy! The...

MEET KIMBERLY FOELL

MEET KIMBERLY FOELL In Sept. of 2021, Kim Fowell went in for her yearly mammogram. In October, she was brought in for an ultrasound and that is when her life changed. Kim was diagnosed with IDC Hers2+ breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy in Dec. 2021, started chemo in...

MEET JENNIFER TRESCH

I’m Jennifer Tresch. I’m 46 and I live with Bloom’s Syndrome. Bloom’s is a rare genetic disorder that causes small stature, a weakened immune system and more susceptibility to cancers. This past December, I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. This is my fourth time...

MEET GRACELYN SPRINGER

Most people never meet their hero, I gave birth to mine. Meet Our Warrior Princess, Gracelyn Jo! Our life will forever be split in two, before November 14, 2020 and what came after. Gracelyn woke up with a severely painful headache and non-stop vomiting (after...

Meet Heather Marshall

Meet Heather Marshall I am a mom of 6 beautiful children. My favorite thing in life is being a mom, so the day I found a lump, my whole world flashed in front of my eyes.  June 1, 2021, is when my results came in, and I received a call from the hospital explaining...

MEET NATALIE PAULSEN

Natalie was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on June 24, 2021. An unusual bump that appeared on Natalie’s forehead led her to her an appointment with her pediatrician. Other than the physical sign of the bump, Natalie did not have any symptoms of illness....

MEET ELLIOT KRUMM

Elliot Krumm was diagnosed with High Grade Large B Cell "Burkitt-like" Lymphoma in September of 2021. His cancer is also present in his spinal fluid. His tumor in his throat was so large it was beginning to block his airway and he required a temporary tracheotomy so...

MEET JESSICA HOWE

Jessica's Story I am blessed to be a registered nurse and have given all my time and talents to helping others when they need it the most. It’s been a gift from God to show grace and love to patients I have cared for. The medical team that has cared for me during my...

Meet Hudson McKearney’s

My Happy Place has the honor of traveling to Eldridge, IA (Quad City area) in Feb. to give the unique gift of a bedroom makeover to sweet 4-year-old, Hudson McKearney. Hudson’s mother, Jessica, sent in an application for her son last July, but after learning the money...

Savannah’s Story

Savannah Gunn Savannah is a spirited fourteen-year-old that was just starting to enjoy the freedoms that summer had to offer: sleeping in, unlimited time with friends, late nights in the cul de sac with neighborhood friends when she noticed a purple rash forming on...

Meet Adelynn Moody

MY HAPPY PLACE-Harpswell is happy to announce we are about to embark on our first bedroom makeover for a smart, vibrant and fierce 9-year-old girl. Adelynn Moody of Harpswell, is currently battling leukemia for a second time. Reveal date/time tentatively set for the...