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Make-A-Wish® Central New York unveils wheelchair-accessible treehouse

Date

August 21, 2014

Location

Port Crane, NY

As tarps are lifted, four-year-old Kalen Kulas sees his wish for the first time

Port Crane, N.Y.— On Wednesday, Aug. 20, Make-A-Wish® Central New York unveiled a unique wish for a four-year-old Port Crane boy: A wheelchair-accessible treehouse.Kalen Kulas

Kalen Kulas, who has spinal muscular atrophy type 2 and is wheelchair-bound, wished for a treehouse “with three windows and a place to play bunko.” Make-A-Wish® enlisted the assistance of Delta Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, who began the project July 19. The company dedicated evenings and weekends and utilized a variety of volunteers to make Kalen’s wish come true.

While work was in progress, Delta blocked Kalen’s view of the project with large tarps. On Wednesday, Kalen saw the treehouse for the first time. It features an accessible ramp with lights for nighttime navigation, a working door and windows, carpeting, lighting, and a flat screen television.

Kalen KulasMake-A-Wish President and CEO Diane Kuppermann said she was blown away by the finished treehouse.

“It is absolutely incredible,” she said. “Our wish granters, Delta, and all the businesses and individuals who helped pull this together did an amazing job.”

Make-A-Wish strives to provide wishes that have long term impact, Kuppermann said.

“We want to inspire hope, strength and joy and for the child to feel the magic of the wish,” Kuppermann said. “Kalen’s treehouse is magical. It exceeded all of our expectations and we know Kalen and his family will love and enjoy the space for a long time to come.”

Make-A-Wish Central New York extends its gratitude to the many volunteers and companies that made this wish possible, including Delta Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, Endwell Rug Company, Erie Materials, Home Depot, Jess F. Howes, Inc. Building Supplies, Matco Electric Corporation, SMI General Contractors, and Weathermaster Roofing Company. Make-A-Wish also recognizes the extensive and committed efforts of the three volunteer Wish Granters that coordinated and implemented the project: Dorothy Beylo and Beth Ann Kicsak, of Johnson City, and Heather Chappell of Troy, PA.

Incorporated in 1985, Make-A-Wish Central New York is dedicated to granting the special wishes of children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions. Since its inception, the organization has granted more than 1500 wishes throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

Make-A-Wish is able to continue to share the power of a wish® thanks to the generous support of the community. For more information, call (800) 846-WISH, visit www.cny.wish.org, or email vasb@znxrnjvfupal.bet.

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Make-A-Wish® Central New York
5005 Campuswood Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 475-9474
Toll Free (800) 846-9474