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Special Spaces Illinois creates dream bedroom makeovers for dependent children ages 2-19 with cancer who are within one year of treatment. Our goal is to provide them a safe place to recover, heal, sleep and even play. A very special space just to be a kid!

Special Spaces Illinois serves the following counties: Kane, Lake, Will, Dupage, Kendall, and portions of Cook county.

Dream Bedroom Coordinators:  Sarah Blue, Kristin Dailey, Alyse Decker, Amy Eiduke, Christy Gallagher, Alaina Garren, Jennifer Kahlenberg, Meg Meeks, Kara Novins, Becky Renkosiak, Veronica Rotolo, Peggy Schuld , Andrea Schwemin, Sarah Sebastian, and Kelly Smith.

Kelly Knox, Illinois State Director
Andrea Tutkaluk, Gala Director / Teen Liaison
Erin O’Boyle, Program Coordinator

Click on the Save the Date below for more information about our
Dreaming Big Under the Stars event –
Saturday, Sept 10th, 2022.

Save the Date - Dreaming Big Under the Stars - 2022




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“Because of my Leukemia, my room is where I stay a lot. But Special Spaces gave me a place where I want to be all the time. I was very excited when I heard they would be doing my room! They asked me about the things I liked, but they gave me things I love. All the volunteers were so nice – they even played with my dog and took care of him during the day. Special Spaces outweighs a lot of the bad from my cancer and makes fighting easier – at least when I’m fighting from my Star Wars ship painting.”

– John, Special Spaces Recipient

“I really love and appreciate my room makeover. Not many people render me completely speechless, but your kindness, creativity and generosity did so. Out of everything in my life, the makeover event is one for the history books! Thank you so much for doing my room makeover. My room has officially become my most comfortable place in the world.”

– Thanks again, Will

“Dearest Special Spaces and Volunteers,
Words cannot express how grateful we are for the renovations you did for Will. We are in awe of what you created! He absolutely loves his new space. You lifted his spirits and we are forever grateful!”

– Jim and Michelle, Will’s Parents



Take the Special Spaces KNOX Challenge

A fun and easy way to help Special Spaces.  The more we grow our mission, the better we can help children battling cancer. Post a picture of you and Knox with a short sentence on why you LOVE your bedroom. KNOX, THE BEAR, CHALLENGES YOU TO KEEP SHARING YOUR STORY

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