A Special Student Gets a Special Space

A Special Student Gets a Special Space
Posted on 11/03/2014
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A Special Student Gets a Special Space

When Josue Quintanilla walked into his bedroom one Monday afternoon, it wasn’t at all like he remembered. His room had been transformed with the help of volunteers from Special Spaces Houston.  

Josue, a tenth grade student at Clear Brook High School, is battling brain cancer. After two surgeries to remove tumors, he is back to school for limited hours while having chemotherapy treatments. Inspired by Josue’s determination and eagerness to return to normal school life, Connie Maldonado, program coordinator with Communities in Schools-Bay Area at Clear Brook High School, thought he deserved something special. She nominated Josue for a room makeover with Special Spaces Houston. Founded by Kristy Tankersley, daughter of legendary CCISD basketball coach Bill Krueger, Special Spaces Houston is a non-profit organization that gives dream bedrooms to local children with life threatening illnesses.



After hearing his story, they agreed to give Josue a special space to call his own. After hours of hard work by dedicated volunteers, Josue’s new bedroom was ready for the big reveal. The beautifully decorated room includes a comfortable bed, lounge area complete with television and a study area with modern furniture.

Special Spaces Houston strives to give remarkable children a place to recover and a place of hope. Maldonado believes that Josue is more than deserving. “Josue truly is an inspiring student who has the courage, faith and strength to never give up hope.”
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