A Bedroom Make-Over Changes Lives


Raven Green was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure in August after which she was granted a gift from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska.

Raven wanted a brand new bedroom, and since the makeover, the Green family says their lives have been made a little bit easier.

Raven endures eight hours of dialysis at home through the night while she sleeps, and because of that she's been sleeping in her parents' bedroom. But now with the re-do of her room, and the space that has created, she'll be able to get the treatment she needs in the comfort of her own room.

Raven loves animals and likes to have friends over to spend the night, but her room was not a very fun place to hang out with friends before. Raven said about her friends, "It's nice to have someone around that's fun!"

Carra Roth, of the Make-A-Wish foundation, said, "We knew she had a love of animals because she wanted a zebra print room." Roth added that before changing her mind to the room makeover, 15-year-old Raven said she wanted two gray chinchillas, with big ears and fluffy tails.

Once Raven decided on her whish, Make-A-Wish representatives were told to stand back and let designer and contractor Bill Werner take care of the remodeling.

Other helpers involved with the finishing touches of her makeover celebration included other wish recipients.

Olive Garden sponsored her dinner, and restaurant manager Roy Ussary said he was granted a wish at the age of 15 as well. Ussary said, "The wish was overwhelming and it stays with you. I was very happy to be able to give a little back."

One member with the limousine company said she too was a wish recipient. Danielle Harders with BIG Limousine decorated the hummer limo with Raven's favorite print, zebra.

Harders said, "I had leukemia when I was 2 years old and I was granted a wish so I was so excited when I heard this was going on. I decorated the limo and tried to make it a special event for her."

Raven's parents said they were overwhelmed with joy from the entire experience.

Raven's mom, Shelly Green said, "I like her happy like this. She used to be like that all the time and I miss it. It's nice to see her enjoy herself."

The Make-A-Wish foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with home, strength and joy.