NEWAYGO, Mich. – International children’s charity Kids Wish Network today applauded the generosity of The Home Depot Foundation after their recent partnership allowed 8- year -old Emily Christensen, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, to have her very own play set. Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.
“We are so lucky for our generous partners who help us put smiles on the faces of young children struggling with life –altering circumstances,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “We will continue to work with local businesses to make a difference-big or small-in the lives of children and communities in need.”
Emily is a very outgoing and adventurous 8 year old who embraces any opportunity to be outdoors, especially, going to the playground and hanging upside down on the monkey bars. When Emily was 10 months old, she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a condition that clogs the lungs with mucus, interferes with digestion and can lead to life-threatening lung diseases. After her diagnosis, Emily underwent surgery and was fitted with a feeding tube to ensure she received proper nutrition. Since then, Emily has been in and out of the hospital numerous times on top of a strict daily schedule of breathing treatments and using a percussion vest.
Kids Wish Network has been making dreams come true for hundreds of thousands of children all over the world for more than 15 years. When given the opportunity to have a wish granted, Emily’s was clear: a play set in her very own backyard. With the assistance of The Home Depot Foundation, Emily will able to come home every afternoon and play outdoors for hours.
“It happened to be on Emily’s birthday and not only did the wonderful crew from Home Depot have the play set finished before she got home from school, they also brought her a cake to celebrate her birthday, “said Norma Christensen, Emily’s mother. “It was such a great day, we are so thankful to everyone involved in granting the wish.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for making Emily’s wish so memorable: The Home Depot Foundation and Riverstop Café.
Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is a way of bringing them that joy. If you would like to sponsor a child’s wish or if you know a child who is suffering from a life-threatening illness and may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004.