Ella Schultz, 6, has had many of her dreams ruined by leukemia. Now, a homeowners association is trying to take away another one.
The Missouri native told her mother that her first priority was to beat cancer. Beyond that, though, she also said she would like a playhouse. Her parents submitted an application to the Make-A-Wish foundation and the wish was granted.
J.E. Dunn, a construction company, agreed to build the playhouse in the Schultz’s backyard and model it after their real house. However, the homeowners association to which they belong banned the playhouse from being built.
The Stone Gate Homeowners Association claimed that constructing a building in the backyard was a violation of the neighborhood rules. KCTV tried to contact the HOA, but board members refused any further comment on the situation.
Board President Stacy Bayers said: “I’m not at liberty to discuss that. The proposed plan they’ve given us is a violation of our covenants.”
Ella’s mother, Jennifer Schultz described the situation, “Everything seemed to be going fine then we got a phone call: Your HOA will not approve it.
"What would any of them do if it was their kid?” Shultz added. “Would you make sure that their child got a wish because we don't know if we have one more day or a lifetime with her.”
KCTV interviewed multiple Stone Gate residents who said that they would deal with a large playhouse if it meant that Ella was happy.
Resident Brett Greble explained: "Little Ella is darling. I think they need to reconsider ... I want to look out my window and see Ella happy."
The Schultz family said they are hoping the HOA will change the ruling. There has been an outpouring of support for the Schultz family from the community.
The HOA has released a statement, saying they are "committed to working with Make-A-Wish Foundation and J.E. Dunn to see if we can figure out a way to make Ella's wish come true."