In March 2016, our third baby girl was born with a beautiful full head of blonde hair. We named her Camden. The nurses cleaned her up and handed us this amazing baby girl.
We fed her, kissed her, rocked her—everything a parent looks forward to doing those first few hours after birth. Then, Camden began showing signs of distress.
Before we knew it, we were told Camden had to be transferred to Children’s Hospital of Michigan where they would discover a problem with Camden’s intestines. We would soon become experts on her disease. This is a disease that has no cure. A disease that will require continuous care.
When her health team referred Camden to Make-A-Wish® Michigan, we believed a treehouse would be the perfect fit for our 3-year-old daughter. A place for her to escape and play outside the house.
Watching the treehouse being built was amazing—from watching the materials being delivered to when it was finished and everything in between. We will always remember how Camden would light up talking to her nurses and doctors about her treehouse being built.
The toughest part of Camden’s disease has been being away from the entire family for weeks at a time when she gets sick, so this treehouse wish was perfect for Camden and our family.
We knew with Camden’s medical condition that vacations or trips would be too difficult. Now, it feels like we can get away but with the safety and security of being home.
It was exactly what we hoped for—a place to spend time together and stay close. To “travel” without having to leave our backyard. This wish is a wish that will continue to grow with her as she matures.
This treehouse is an escape from the harsh reality of her disease. For hours at a time, she can be a kid and imagine that she is in a different world.
Since the day the treehouse was completed, Camden has asked to play in it every day.
A wish can be an important part of a child’s healthcare journey. It can help them replace fear with confidence and anxiety with hope. But it takes contributions from people like you to grant wishes like Camden’s.
Will you donate today to help other Michigan kids like Camden receive the transformational power of a wish?