While most young children are busy playing with toys, riding tricycles and watching cartoons, three-year-old London’s childhood has been filled with trips to the doctor and extensive chemotherapy sessions. London from Windsor Mill, MD, bravely battles leukemia, which often makes it difficult for her to participate in many of the same activities as her friends. London’s favorite thing to do outside of the hospital is to play, especially with her older brother. When London found out she would be receiving a wish from Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, she knew exactly what to wish for – her very own playroom.
London couldn’t wait to have a special space to play to her heart’s content. The playroom was kept a secret while being painted and decorated so that on the day of her wish reveal, London would be surprised. Filled with bright colors and shapes, London loved her new space, including a grocery store, reading nook, stage for performing and art center complete with a chalkboard wall.
Both Kathleen Soloway from Design for Change and Tim Maffett from DPR were instrumental in bringing this wish to life, and highlight the tangible impact community partners have on the lives of local wish children.
“The love that these families show for one another and the outpouring of good will shown through donations and services creates a very special environment and can be palpably felt in every room I have had the privilege to work on,” Soloway shared. “I truly believe the joy that is so very evident in London’s new playroom comes not just through fun colors and happy design but from the love that has been shared by all who made such lovely and generous contributions to the project.”
“Make-A-Wish and Design for Change were incredible to work with during this project, and being a part of making London’s wish come true was an experience I will never forget,” said Maffett. “For DPR, it’s a great privilege to be able to lend our construction skills to members of the community in which we live and work during times of need.”
London’s wish allowed her to feel like a kid again and enjoy playing without being distracted by ongoing treatment plans for her medical condition. Granting wishes like London’s provides hope, strength and joy to children battling life-threatening illnesses when they need it most.
Thank you to Design for Change, Kathleen Soloway, DPR, Tim Maffett and Stacy Fruscella for helping to grant London’s wish.