Surprise Bedroom Make Over Sparks Hugs, Smiles And ‘Normalcy’

Elma, Iowa – A smile is all you need to see to understand Kyler Meyer loves life.

Saturday evening Kyler came home to an unexpected surprise.  

A new bedroom.


Amanda Meyer, Kyler’s mother, says something as simple as a bedroom makeover can give her son just a few moments of being what she calls a ‘return to normalcy.’


Kyler’s has Dravet Syndrome or intractable epilepsy resulting in 10-20 daily seizures.  It’s been nine years and 10 months since Kyler last seizure-free day. The disease has robbed Kyler of his motor functions including eating and talking.  


The bedroom makeover came as a second chance.  

My Happy Place is a non-profit organization who remake’s bedrooms for chronically or terminally ill children.  Kyler’s application was declined because Elma is outside of the 30-mile radius from the Mason City headquarters.  But Lisa Tan, the founder, decided to take it on the road.


The rooms are funded by sponsors.  Kyler’s sponsor Ben Hauge also has common ground because he’s experienced loss too.  The funds came from a summer softball tournament for Ben’s late brother. Hauge says he knew exactly what to do with the money.  


Kyler is surrounded by medical professionals and equipment daily.  They’ve tried 12 seizure medications and medical marijuana – all have failed.  But now there’s one place where he’s secluded from everyday life in his own sanctuary.  A forest filled with fish, his own tent on a campground and a bed featured as a cabin specific to fit Kyler’s needs.  

What was Kyler’s reaction to all of this?

It’s simple – a smile.  

That’s speaks volumes.

My Happy Place has given hope to over 50 children and they’re looking for more children to help.  If you’re passionate about helping children you can start a My Happy Place in the Charles City/New Hampton area.  

For more details, meet My Happy Place.



Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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