The Make-A-Wish® organization grants life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses, a mission that utilizes an incredible amount of creativity. During COVID-19, the need for creativity grew along with the number of wishes waiting due to health and safety restrictions.
Each wish granted is as unique and special as the wishing child, and that’s exactly what we saw recently while participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony that unveiled an adaptive playset for 14-year-old Grace in Rocky Mount, NC. Grace, born 23 weeks premature with her twin sister Faith, has a nervous system disorder and wished to have a custom-designed, accessible playset to give her and her sister a chance to play together in their backyard. Thanks to a generous donation from POWERHOME SOLAR, this special wish day was set in motion and the Make-A-Wish® team brought it to life.
POWERHOME SOLAR got involved because our Chief Sales Officer, Ben Brookhart, has been a longtime supporter of Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina, even having served on its board. With the pandemic interrupting Make-A-Wish®’s work in 2020, he wanted POWERHOME SOLAR to get involved in 2021, and we were happy to do just that. All of those in attendance had smiles on their faces, especially Grace and members of her family. Just check out the video.
Grace and Faith got their names from their parents Brandon and Jennifer, who believed that the only reason they survived was through grace and faith. While Grace has mobility and the ability to communicate well, her sister Faith benefits from more support in all areas as she was born both deaf and blind. The playset will give the sisters the opportunity to play together as well as the freedom to enjoy that time safely in their own yard.
Grace’s introduction to the playset was one of appreciation and wonderment. It took her no time to climb the stairs and get in numerous chances to go down the slide by herself and with family members, including her sister. The swings also saw immediate good use, as did the lookout tower.
Dozens of family and friends attended despite a soft, nagging rain. Not to worry, though – the family had a carport that gave those needing shelter the chance to seek it. Grace spent very little time under it – she and Faith had too much playing to do. We did our best to continually wipe down the slide to keep her from getting too wet. Mission accomplished!
As Make-A-Wish® notes, wishes can improve a child’s quality of life and produce better health outcomes. We at POWERHOME SOLAR hope that the joy spread from this wish is long-lasting. You too can support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® no matter where you live by visiting wish.org. No matter how big or small the wish is, your support will make a difference in the life of a child with a critical illness – and will forever enrich yours.