Ella Schultz, who wished for a playhouse through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, was finally granted her wish.
Initially, the Schultz’s homeowners association banned the playhouse, saying it was against the neighborhood’s policies.
Ella has leukemia, and one of her wishes, along with beating cancer, was a life-size playhouse in the backyard. J.E. Dunn Construction offered to design and build the 6-year-old’s dream house. However, Stonegate Homeowners Association said that constructing buildings in the backyard went against the association’s bylaws.
In a statement sent on Friday to the NY Daily News, the HOA said, “Today, we are happy to share that we have reached a positive resolution to ensure Ella's playhouse will be constructed.”
Ella’s parents and neighbors were originally outraged that the HOA would ban the little girl’s dream. “I don't get it. She's earned this, she deserves it. She can't get out and play with other kids," Pete Schultz, Ella’s father, said before the second ruling. "Is it really going to hurt someone?"
After careful consideration, and an outpouring from community and online supporters, Stonegate Homeowners Association board members reversed the decision. The statement from the board continued, “Our board met with JE Dunn Construction and Make-A-Wish to gather additional information, and while we still have a few details and timelines to work out, we collectively reached the conclusion that Ella will get her wish.”
While the Make-A-Wish Foundation will fund the playhouse, a Gofundme account has also raised more than $27,000 to support the family and pay for medical bills.