Thirteen-year-old Isaac raced up the path with his pacer on his way to the chicken coop for the first time since his wish to have a wheelchair path was granted. Isaac, who has a genetic disorder, and his family live on property with a chicken coop where they raise poultry. Prior to his wish, Isaac’s wheelchair and pacer weren’t meant for off-roading, and he could not make it across the lawn to the chicken coop to join his brothers when they would go to the poultry area to do chores and enjoy “watching the chickens peck” according to Isaac’s dad, Jason.
Today, the paved path stretches from the house to the barn to the mailbox to the chicken coup and even down to the fire pit where they enjoy bonfires as a family. The wheelchair path enables Isaac to now easily move about their property.
“He loves to run in his pacer and just get out and about,” Jason said. “Nothing is better than seeing the smile on his face when he knows he gets to go outside with us and enjoy the outdoors. We would never have been able to afford to do this for him ourselves, so it really is a dream come true.”
Thanks to the efforts of Carol’s Excavating and Reith-Riley Construction, the wheelchair path was built in a timely manner. All the asphalt and labor was donated by Reith-Riley, who opted to extend the pathway to the barn. Carol’s Excavating donated all of the machinery and labor needed to make the path.
“We can’t say enough about the generosity of these two companies and all others that volunteered their time and equipment,” Jason said.
It was Isaac’s special education teacher Kate who encouraged Isaac’s parents to contact Make-A-Wish® Michigan after a couple of Isaac’s classmates had received a wish. After the family reached out, the process to build an asphalt pathway for Isaac began.
“When you have a special needs child, it takes everything you have to care for them, but you can’t always give them the extra things that they might like because you are constantly having to focus on the things that they need to live,” Jason explained. “Fun and family time are just as important, and when it is difficult for them to get around, these things just don’t happen as often as they should. Make-A-Wish makes that possible. It gives us that opportunity to let them be a kid and have something to enjoy in their life instead of constantly focusing on medical things and their limitations.”