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Make-A-Wish helps install stair lifts for Poplar Grove boy

March 30, 2011

Staff Report

Mikey is a happy boy who loves Pokemon, video games, playing outside with his friends and remote control cars. Mikey’s favorite color is red, and he is described as a very talkative boy. He lives at home with his parents in Poplar Grove, Ill.

Mike was diagnosed in 2005 with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). DMD is a genetic degenerative disease causing muscle weakness and atrophy. As a result of his muscle weakness, Mikey’s bedroom was confined to the family’s living room since he was no longer able to get to his second-floor bedroom. Despite his limitations, Mikey remains positive and upbeat.

When asked to wish BIG, Mikey made a wish to gain back his independence and have his own bedroom back. Mikey’s hometown has also been the site of two near-miss tornadoes recently, and he wanted to be able to get to the safety of his basement, but his wheelchair made that impossible.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, along with Integrity Home Lifts and Bruno Independent Living Aids, made Mikey’s wish for independence and freedom in his own house come true by installing two stair lifts in his house. This will allow Mikey to reclaim his bedroom and get downstairs in the event of an emergency.

Once the wish was complete, volunteers held a wish party for Mikey and his friends and family. The party started with Mikey’s first test ride to his bedroom. While he was a bit nervous starting his first ride, once he was nearing the top, he exclaimed, “It’s a miracle!”

Mikey’s wish was made possible through the generosity of individual, corporate and community donors including Integrity Home Lifts, Bruno Independent Living Aids, Inc., Sardis Media and many others, and through the generous time and talents of Mikey’s wish-granting volunteers like Jeff Blum and Michele Spates.

For more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, or to find out how you can help, call (312) 602-WISH or visit wishes.org.

From the March 30-April 5, 2011 issue

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