Chester boy gets his dream
By: Janet Podolak
"Dylan Shelton, 12, is wondering what's going on
in his bedroom.
"He knows we're up to something since we've got his bed in the living room now,"
says his mom, Pam Shelton of Chester Township.
Because Dylan has cerebral palsy, he spends more time in his room than many
children his age.
He's a pupil at Bessie Benner Metzenbaum School in Chester Township, where he
gets the special education and physical therapy he needs.
First, there was a lot of pounding, as an overhead fan was put in, and his
closet was expanded with shelves, a light and space better organized for the use
of his caretakers.
On Monday, artist Bob Dasher of Highland Heights spent most of the day painting
the room's interior to resemble a log cabin.
Dylan's bedroom makeover comes courtesy of Imagine A Space, a project that uses
volunteers to offer seriously ill children an opportunity to have a dream world
of their own.
"Dylan was nominated for this by one of the nurses at Cleveland Clinic
Children's Hospital," said Pam Shelton.
"A couple of years ago, he had a pretty rough time and ended up having three
surgeries and spending six months in the hospital."