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When most fam­i­lies reach out to the Dream Fac­tory of Cen­tral New York, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that grants wishes to chron­i­cally ill chil­dren, they have a child who dreams of go­ing to Dis­ney World. But for Isla Lan­don, a 7-year-old who was born with oculo­fa­cio­car­dio­den­tal syn­drome, a rare con­di­tion that causes con­gen­i­tal cataracts and glau­coma, some­thing else was on her wish list.

“When I asked Isla what she wanted, she quickly ex­claimed that she wanted a tree­house,” says Donna Ferich, a vol­un­teer with the Dream Fac­tory. “Her dream then grew from a sim­ple tree­house with a ball pit to an elab­o­rate struc­ture with a zip line and slides.”

To make Isla’s tree­house dream a re­al­ity, Donna and co-vol­un­teer Lori Lupo reached out to lo­cal ven­dors, in­clud­ing Pat Sea­man, owner of Wood­house (tim­ber­frame1.com). “When we were asked to help, the whole Wood­house team be­came ex­cited about mak­ing Isla’s dream come true — and her smile dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase made ev­ery sec­ond of our ef­forts worth­while,” says Pat.

Pat and his ar­chi­tect met with Isla and her fam­ily to draft the de­sign and quickly came up with a vir­tual tour of the tree­house. Since Isla could po­ten­tially lose her sight com­pletely at any mo­ment, fin­ish­ing the build was very time sen­si­tive, but they got it done — and the re­sult is more than Isla could’ve imag­ined. “To see how ex­cited Isla is about the tree­house has been amaz­ing,” says her dad, Jim. “We feel so for­tu­nate that this can be done for her.”

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