Kean Volunteers Make Family's Dream a Reality

11.22.11

Nearly 70 Kean University students, friends and families, came out to support the first-ever Dream Room Makeover on Sunday, November 20. Volunteers helped perform a multiple-room makeover the Willoughby-Hazel from nearby Union, N.J.

According to Dream Room Makeover, Danielle Willoughby is a single mom with three children. The two youngest children, Michael and Noelle, have a neuromuscular disease called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). This disease affects all muscles and brings upon weakness throughout the entire body. As such, both children are now unable to walk and use wheelchairs to get around. The eldest daughter, Hope, is unaffected.

Members of Be the Change, various sororities and fraternities, as well as individual students joined forces to make the Willoughby-Hazel home wheelchair accessible while reating bedrooms that spoke to the personalities of each children.

“We did an amazing job on the house and I am so proud of everyone and how hard they worked to make a difference,” said Dr. Norma Bowe, who leads members of Be the Change in their activism and community service projects. “Thank you to everyone who participated to make this dream a reality.”

Dream Room Makeovers is an organization that supports families with children who have life-challenging illnesses or disabilities by giving the child the bedroom of their dreams. The goal is to create a space that only the child can imagine, while also addressing their unique medical needs. All makeovers are made possible by donations and volunteers.

For more information about Be the Change, please contact Dr. Norma Bowe at nbowe@kean.edu.