ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Family, friends and one big organization made a teen girl diagnosed with brain cancer, life a lot more comfortable.
"This is so beautiful, I'm going to cry...it's okay to cry," Karleen Zetina said.
Karleen Zetina is a smiley 17-year-old, especially now that she has got her new room.
"It's just more than I expected it to be," Zetina said.
Zetina has a very aggressive brain cancer.
She was first diagnosed in January of last year and it has forced her to drop out of her senior year of high school.
"It's usually killed by removal, but it has come back so I've done radiation and chemo and done three surgeries," Zetina said.
Special Spaces helps kids like Zetina, suffering from deadly illnesses, by transforming their rooms into something special.
The group has helped 10 children since its start about a year ago.
Tanya Sanchez started designing Zetina's room a month ago.
"I hope everyday she wakes up she just thinks, there are so many people who are hoping and praying for her," Sanchez said. "She's not alone going through this."
Each room has a sponsor and the designer has a budget of about $3,000. For Zetina's room, it was a little different.
"This room actually didn't have a sponsor because of her prognosis, we actually put a rush on her room so we tried to get it done sooner than normally," Sanchez said.
They had to take funds straight from the charity to make this happen.
Volunteers say it's all worth it when they see the family's reaction in the end.
"They're amazing people to do stuff like this it makes people with sicknesses feel so much better," Zetina said.
Karleen wasn't the only one who got a whole new room; her grandma also got a room renovation.
Special Spaces runs entirely on donations.
If you're interested in donating or volunteering to create a special space click here>>
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