Posted by Shari Carusco

Special Spaces Cleveland completed its first room make-over just one week ago. It was truly the most fun and gratifying experience I've ever had.

Two more rooms have been approved. One is for an eleven year old girl named Lila. Lila has common variable immune deficiency (CVID), a disorder that impairs the immune system. People with CVID are highly susceptible to infection from foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses and often develop recurrent infections, particularly in the lungs, sinuses, and ears. At photo of Lila is below.

Lila has been hospitalized more than 50 times and often becomes septic. She has weekly treatments that make her uncomfortable and cause her pain. She is also on heavy doses of steroids that have caused her weight issues, affecting her self-esteem.

Lila's dream room would be filled with books and reading nooks. She has shared her book list with me; warning, it is quite a list. Please consider looking at the list and ordering her a book. She does prefer hardcover books because she loves the way they feel and smell. If you have any of the books and they are in like new condition, those will work, too.

Here is a link to SignUpGenius allowing you to review Lila’s book list and to sign up for any books you are willing to furnish: You can bring the books to Rotary or mail them directly to my home (1914 Pembrooke Lane, Avon, OH 44011).

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think might want to help make a difference in a child's life. I thank you in advance.