Tacoma, Wash. (September 7th, 2016) – Milgard® Windows & Doors along with Cascade Lumber were pleased to support Make-A-Wish of Alaska and Washington by providing wish kid Daniel, with a new playhouse.
Daniel spent almost half a year in the hospital in 2014, and during that time, he got very interested in a television show called Treehouse Masters which featured amazing tree houses. He constantly wished treehouses could be accessible by wheelchair so he could experience one for himself. Daniel is also very vulnerable to hypothermia, so if a treehouse was in his future, it needed to be a warm place to play.
“Daniel loves the outdoors but, it’s often physically hard for him to get outside because of his wheelchair,” said Jeannette Tarcha, vice president of communications and marketing. “Now he has an easy to access playhouse right off his back deck, thanks to Cascade Lumber and Milgard Windows & Doors.”
The playhouse was a team effort with many businesses coming together to help make this wish come true, including: Thermally improved aluminum windows provided by Milgard; lumber provided by Cascade Lumber; window installation by Impel and Madrona Beach Construction; carpentry by Bumson construction, skylights by Crystalite; painting by Nicholson, roof by ABR; flashings by RSI Metals and the plan designed by Bill Lippens of Designs Northwest Architects.
“The use of thermal barriers in aluminum framed windows vastly improves insulating ability,” said Jeff Cain, sales manager of Milgard Windows & Doors, Tacoma. “Our thermal break windows were chosen for this project for their energy efficiency, which will help keep Daniel warm in his new playhouse.”
In addition to being warm and comfortable in his treetop surroundings, Daniel now has a great place to hang out with his friends and brothers. Squirrel watching is now on the top of his list for fun activities. Daniel’s wish has allowed him to experience the woodsy feel of his backyard in a way that he has never been able to before, given the limits of where his wheelchair could go. Plus, it has given him something to think and talk about that has nothing to do with his health concerns and has really lifted his spirits.