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Continued: Minnesota teen with lifelong medical challenges gets dream bedroom makeover

  • Article by: KIM PALMER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 4, 2013 - 3:11 PM

Her favorite thing about the new room? “The soft bed,” she said in sign language via her mother, who served as interpreter.

“This room is like a reward to her,” Julie said. “She’s been through so much. This is something normal, something that’s hers, not something Mom found at a garage sale. I couldn’t give her this.”

A few weeks after the makeover, Kasey was making good use of her new trundle bed, according to Julie. “It’s been great! She’s had a couple sleepovers. They had a blast.”

Kasey is eager to show off her new room when people visit. “Her grandparents were here, and it was, ‘C’mon, you’ve got to see my room,’ ” Julie said.

And now, with ample storage space for Kasey’s stuff and a new incentive to keep her room looking its best, there’s been an unexpected side benefit — one that any mom of a teen can appreciate: “She is actually keeping her room clean now.”


Kim Palmer • 612-673-4784


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  • Kasey Reamer, right, joyfully explored her new bedroom with her mom, Julie, at their home in Prior Lake.

  • Kasey snuggled on her favorite part of the room, “the soft bed.” “This room is like a reward to her. She’s been through so much. This is something normal, something that’s hers,” said her mother, Julie Reamer.

  • Kasey Reamer hugged her mom, Julie, in her new room. Chelsey Green of Special Spaces, right, led the room’s redesign.

  • Special Spaces volunteers Caitlin Michels, Laura Purcell and Alex Moen waited for Kasey to see her brand new bedroom in the Reamer's family home in Prior Lake on Saturday afternoon. Non-profit organization Special Spaces works to create dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening diseases. ] NICOLA LOSIK*

  • you can help

    Would you like to help make a dream bedroom a reality for a local child or teen with a serious illness? You can contribute, as a volunteer or by making a donation. Contact Chelsey Green, director of the Minneapolis chapter of Special Spaces, 612-790-0733,

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