A cancer patient denied a playhouse by a Raymore, Missouri, homeowners association is making headlines today. According to Fox News, a 6-year-old named Ella is battling leukemia and was going to have an outdoor playhouse built, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but the gesture was halted by the HOA because it “violates rules on outdoor structures.” Many feel that the HOA should make an exception, given the circumstances. Perhaps a smaller playhouse could be constructed if Make-A-Wish could come up with some different plans.
“She’s earned this — she deserves it. She can’t get out and play with other kids. This playhouse is what she would have. Is it really going to hurt someone?” asked Peter Schultz, Ella’s father.
The cancer patient denied a playhouse has spent a lot of time in the hospital. Her parents (and several others who have read her story) really want her to have this playhouse as a way for her to enjoy life while she’s able to live it. The HOA has offered to further review the case, stating that they did not have enough information to completely deny Ella of her wish.
“Our hearts are with Ella Schultz and her family as they battle this terrible illness. Our homeowners association board is committed to working with Make-A-Wish Foundation… to see if we can figure out a way to make Ella’s wish come true,” the board said in a statement.
According to ABC 7, Ella was admitted to the hospital earlier this week with a high fever. A spokesperson for the University of Kansas Hospital confirmed that Ella was still admitted as of Thursday. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Ella also has an infection, though the severity is unknown. There has not been an update on her condition since.
The Missouri HOA has some positive news for Ella and her family.
“Today, we are happy to share that we have reached a positive resolution to ensure Ella’s playhouse will be constructed. Our board met with J.E. Dunn Construction and Make a Wish to gather additional information, and while we still have a few details and timelines to work out, we collectively reached the conclusion that Ella will get her wish. We couldn’t be more pleased to see that happen.”
Many hope that Ella recovers soon so that she can get outside and play in her new playhouse.
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