MHP is totally dependent on donations.  We rely on the generosity of our community’s businesses and individuals to enable us to be able to offer sick children with their very own “happy place”.  We are a 501(c)3 organization, making your donation tax deductible.

Donate Directly to Ellory’s Bedroom Makeover:

Thank you to our partners, who are always up for helping out whenever there is a need!

 
Homewood Suites- Fort Collins
Ace Hardware of Fort Collins
Mattress Firm
Northern Colorado Carpets
 

Thank you to our Room Sponsors, who have helped us to generate so many smiles on the faces of such deserving children!

WE ARE ANNOUNCING OUR NEXT ROOM RECIPIENT!
Fast on the heels of our last room this past weekend we getting ready to do one of our MY Happy Place Bedrooms for a darlin of girl, Ellory! Here is Ellory’s bio her mom Joy sent in to us to tell a bit of the story.
This is Ellory. Ellory is such an amazing and enjoyable young lady to be around. She has an amazing sense of humor that tends just a touch to the dark side. She is quick with a joke, a clever comeback or a splash of sarcasm. Ellory is wise beyond her years and is both highly empathetic and delightfully direct. She loves animals, true crime, and being her littlest brother’s favorite person in the universe.
Ellory has been courageously facing Leukemia since December of 2013. She was diagnosed shortly after her 8th birthday. Her treatment lasted 2.5 years and her entire elementary school celebrated with her at the end of fourth grade with a big orange-themed party, a live band, and a flash mob performance of “Fight Song” that brought us all to tears. Her hair grew back dark and curly and the biggest challenge for a while was learning how to manage curls! Sixteen months later, just two days after she started 6th grade, routine blood work revealed that she had relapsed. She endured another 2 years of treatment, missing out on most of her sixth grade year. Again we celebrated her completing treatment, this time with a killer leather jacket and an amazing photo shoot. She quickly got back to the business of being a teenager and we were all so grateful that she could enjoy some childhood. However, the journey was not yet over.
Over this whole ordeal, Ellory has developed a very accurate sense of when something is off. So, when she started to get nervous just after Thanksgiving last year that her cancer was coming back, we all got worried. Her early December blood work all looked fine and we figured we were all just a little over-anxious. Unfortunately her instincts were spot on. She felt strongly that the cancer was coming back and she had increasing pain in her joints that caused her to wince when hitting the slightest bump on a car ride. We don’t dismiss it when Ellory says she is in pain, so we kept pushing to determine the cause of the pain. Within a couple of weeks, her oncology team at Children’s was able to confirm that she had relapsed again by examining her bone marrow. It was 87% cancer cells. The relapse had been detected so early that the cancerous cells had not even reached her blood stream yet, which explained why her blood work was still “normal”. She just knew. She spent Christmas in the hospital once again.
Each relapse means that the chances of long-term remission are a little lower. This time though, there is a whole different approach to treatment. In April, Ellory underwent a treatment called Car T-cell therapy. This is a cutting edge approach that has been successful in treating Leukemia after multiple relapses. Basically her immune system has been reprogrammed at the genetic level to find and kill the cancer cells in her blood. So far she has responded really well and it’s working! There is still a lot of monitoring in the months and years ahead to confirm the treatment is still working, but Ellory now gets to turn her attention to learning to drive, like her peers.
Thanks for sharing her story with us!
Courageous, cute and dang that cancer! Let’s all get excited for this room to happen fo her! We are seeking donations and volunteers for this room to be done June 4th and 5th! Right around the corner! Ellory had her fairly extensive hospital stay which needed to push this room out a bit on the calendar to surprise her, but now she is ready to be home in a brand new happy place.
If Ellory’s story touches your heart would you consider making a donation in her name on our website through our paypal donor button, below? We are in need of items yet to make this room amazing for her. All those proceeds will go directly to Ellory’s room:

If you would like to nominate someone for a bedroom makeover, please fill out the following:


Announcing our room recipient for The Rainbow Connection!                                     
We are so excited to be able to announce our next room makeover recipient! His name is Cody Dinkel, and his story follows below. We know you will find it as powerful as we did in selecting him for The Rainbow Connection Room. Cody’s family is no stranger to cancer. My Happy Place-Fort Collins did a room for his nephew, Carson, 2 years ago while he was undergoing treatments for eye cancer. Carson was 3 at the time, and now he is cancer free! During the room reveal we did for Carson, I had the privilege of meeting Cody and his wife Morgan, and recently they just celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary. Last weekend, we sat down with them and found out Cody’s dreams for his happy place. Join the fun as we bring you along in the journey providing this for him.
Cody’s Bio
It all started in May of 2011. I remember blacking out and having the sinking feeling that something was seriously wrong. For months prior, I had been waking up and throwing up first thing in the morning. I also had killer headaches. My family and I initially thought it was an issue with my stomach but after passing out, we decided further workup was warranted.
The following month, I got an MRI of my brain and later, my Mom received the worst possible phone call a parent could get, “Your child has brain cancer.” I was diagnosed with ependymoma, a rare type of brain cancer that primarily affects children under the age of three or adults over forty. The summer I had just graduated high school and was supposed to be enjoying life at home before going out-of-state to college was instead chock full of draining treatments. I first had a major surgery to remove the tennis ball-sized tumor from my brain and then went on to endure difficult and lengthy chemotherapy and radiation. My hopes and dreams for college and a career were tabled as my future suddenly became uncertain.
After six months of difficult treatment, I felt completely exhausted and weak, but the doctors told me I had a fifty percent chance of surviving the next five years. So I made the decision then and there to live my life to the absolute fullest and strive to be as healthy as possible. I began hitting the gym and cleaning up my diet. I even competed in three bodybuilding competitions in the following two years. It was actually at the gym where I met my future wife. We trained together often and after only a few weeks, I knew she was the one. I proposed to my wife, Morgan, in August of 2015 at a family gathering.
We were enjoying being engaged when I started experiencing shooting pain in my back. I dismissed it as a pulled muscle, but again, when I started throwing up, I knew something was terribly wrong. So it was in November of that year that I was re-diagnosed with a mass in my spine at the emergency department. I endured another surgery and radiation for this tumor and finished my treatment the week before I got married.
The six years since then have been full of subsequent recurrent tumors, doctor appointments, surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy, time off of work and lots of discomfort. I have been re-diagnosed with new tumor growths seven total times. I have even been part of a first-of-its-kind clinical trial in Seattle attempting to target central nervous system tumors. Currently, I have twelve tumors in my spine and six tumors in my brain.
Life has been full of lots of pain and discomfort. I cannot walk or exercise like I used to. However, my life has also been full of joy and many people that love and support me. My faith in God and His plan for me has helped keep me going this far. I enjoy working on cars, spending time in my garage, traveling with my wife and smoking a good cigar in between receiving treatments. My motto is to live life enjoying every day to the fullest and embracing whatever God has willed for me.
Learn more about our Rainbow Connection below:

This has been an extremely difficult year, especially for children. Beyond getting sick, many young people’s social, emotional and mental well-being has been impacted by the pandemic. In order to do our part to spread JOY, we came up with the idea of The Rainbow Connection.

Periodically, we will select a child outside the scope of medical necessity who needs uplifting for various reasons: financial, emotional, social and mental. Because we believe that every child deserves their very own Happy Place.

We will select one grade school aged child (K-5th) who needs some joy and happiness. The child must live in or within a 30 mile radius of Fort Collins, CO.

To nominate a child, fill out the application below. Available Rainbow Connection rooms and application deadlines will be posted on our Facebook page.


We would love to connect with you. Please feel free to contact us the following ways.

My Happy Place
Marcia Kay, Director
Telephone: 970-227-0536
Email: mhp.fortcollins@gmail.com

Address: 1219 Cliffrose Ct. Fort Collins, CO 80525