Episode Thirty Nine - Brenda Townes

Special Spaces is a 501 C (3) organization that creates dream bedrooms for children with life threatening illnesses.  Special Spaces evolved on the belief that children battling a life threatening illness need a special space to heal, recover and find peace.  From princess rooms to outer space rooms, from vintage travel rooms to baseball rooms, we interview the child and family to get an in-depth understanding of the child’s wishes and dreams in order to create a unique and medically functional room. Meet Brenda Townes she is the volunteer director for Michigan Tri-Counties and is this week's WCSX "Woman Who Rocks".

A bedroom to most kids is a personal space—a place that represents his or her unique personality. For a child with a critical illness who spends a lot of time at home in his or her room, that room should be a very special space. It should be a room that is designed and dreamed up by the child so it becomes a place that is unique and loved by him or her.

 

In the second half of the podcast, I am always joined by Cyndy Schalter from Turning Point Macomb. This week we talk about a bus driver who is being hailed as a hero for standing up for people with disabilities. Cyndy and I dive into a discussion about society and moral obligation to those with disabilities, and it evolved from there.

Bus driver hailed a hero for kicking off passengers who wouldn't move for a man in a wheelchair

Not all heroes wear capes. A French bus driver wasn't having it when his passengers refused to make room for a man in a wheelchair. François Le Berre, who has multiple sclerosis, shared the story on Facebook last month, explaining how the unidentified driver defended him while he was trying to catch a bus in Paris.

Cyndy and I also discuss a 91 year old woman who fulfilled a life long dream this past Halloween thanks to her daughter. What is on your bucket list? Are you living your life to the fullest? What is that one thing you have always wanted to do?

Grandma, 91, trick-or-treats for Halloween for the first time | Belleville News-Democrat

When Christine Richardson first spoke to her mom Sunday in Zion, Mich., she thought something seemed a little off. Her mom seemed down, as if she hadn't slept well. "She was kind of in a little bit of a funk," Richardson said in a phone interview with McClatchy.

How do you deal with other people's children? Let's face it, we were not all raised the same. Cyndy and I talk about parental protocol when it comes to disciplining children that don't belong to you. This is a very touchy subject for some.

Tips on Dealing with Other People's Kids - Detroit and Ann Arbor Metro Parent

Rules are rules, as far as Kristi Breathour is concerned. In her Chesterfield home, which doubles as a daycare, and when she's out with her daughters, Breathour believes consistency and consequences are the name of the game, no matter what.

And finally....our feel good story of the week. Getting engaged is a huge deal for many people and there are those who want those engagement photos to be perfect. A couple in Australia got a helping hand literally with the pictures they took.

This woman's engagement photo went viral for a hilarious reason

Engagement announcements are taken very seriously these days, and one woman took things to a new level to make sure her special moment was picture perfect. At first glance there is nothing out of the ordinary in this engagement photo shared by a couple from Melbourne, Australia.

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