When Lucy was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia at two years old, she had to stop attending preschool. She and her younger sister, Estelle, stayed home with a caregiver to avoid any germs or viruses that could jeopardize Lucy’s health while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The family avoided most public places – except for the park.
The park provided a place to roam. It was a place with open air to giggle and explore – far away from the treatments and emergency room trips.
“Lucy loves being outside and playing at the park,” said Lucy’s mom Susan. “It was a place of fun for all of us. We could just be a family. So, it was no surprise when she wanted to bring the park to her backyard.”
After being referred to Make-A-Wish Michigan by her mom, Lucy decided she wanted a castle play set. She combined her love of princesses and fairytales with her admiration of the outdoors.
On a sunny Friday afternoon, Lucy had just returned home when her dad Austen grabbed her hand to play in the backyard. As the two rounded the corner, Lucy began to giggle as she noticed her surprise. A tall wooden castle play set towered before her. It was complete with a flag, hide-a-way room and climbing wall. All was covered in pink and purple balloons.
“She was so excited and off running toward her castle the moment she was able to let go of her dad’s hand,” said Susan.
After testing the slide, Lucy greeted her entourage of guests, which included her wish-granting volunteer, Make-A-Wish Michigan representatives, friends and family, including cousins from Washington D.C. and grandma from Cincinnati.
“All those people really surprised me,” Lucy later told her mom.
Throughout the day, the bubbly and outgoing Lucy bounced around with her cousins, sister, and friends excitedly exploring her new castle.
“I will never forget all the smiling and laughing she had that day with her friends,” said Susan. “Lucy continues to play on her castle every day with her sister and her friends. Thank you Make-A-Wish!”