PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A Peoria girl fighting a life-threatening seizure disorder had a wish granted Saturday.
Make-A-Wish Illinois volunteers and community members came together to build 11-year-old Luz Rodriguez a Barbie Dreamhouse-style playhouse.
Luz’s mother, Jeanette Sandoval, said Luz’s was over the moon when she finally saw the playhouse Saturday afternoon.
“This is like making her feel better, Like having her own place when she don’t feel good,” Sandoval said.
Sandoval said her daughter’s had problems with her brain since she was an infant and those problems have gotten worse over the years that resulted in epilepsy, seizures and other brain disorders.
“Every time that she’s going worse, the only thing that she keeps thinking about is about Barbies and getting Barbies in the hospital,” Sandoval said.
She said her daughter wished for a playhouse and swing set in her backyard to have a safe space to be free from the anxieties that seizures and hospitalizations bring.
Volunteers worked on the pink and purple playhouse for more than a year. It features a play kitchen, a swing set, and a dog bed for Luz’s pet chihuahua.
“I really appreciate the whole Make-A-Wish people,” Sandoval said. “They’re more than the job, they treat us like a family.”
She said her daughter is a fighter and having her own playhouse makes the fight a bit easier.
More information about Make-A-Wish Illinois is available on its website.