Ten-year-old Zachary has been batting Noonan Syndrome his whole life. Despite his life-threatening medical condition, Zachary is an active child, who loves to play outside with friends.
As Zachary developed different complications as a result of his progressive disorder, such as a heart condition, asthma, and developmental delays, he found joy in playing outside with his friends and younger sister. A big fan of tag and riding bikes, Zachary also loved the slide in their backyard. His wish was to have a fun place to play outside with friends.
Thanks to Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire, Zachary's wish became a reality on June 25, 2015. A playground was built, which included a corkscrew slide, a tower, monkey bars, and a swing set. Local firefighters and paramedics (some of whom have helped save Zachary’s life) donated their time and construction skills as they assembled the playground in only a few hours. Zachary even got to ride in two different types of firetrucks! The firefighters have offered to return to stain the wooden pieces of the playground.
Neighbors, family, and friends were also in attendance, as well as employees from the local dentist office who stopped by on their lunch break. Breakfast, pizza, and snacks were donated by local businesses, allowing Zachary’s family to sit back and watch the build! In addition to the playground, a trampoline was donated as a special surprise on the build day. Zachary was thrilled. As the build came to a close, Zachary and his sister could be seen trying out the new equipment. It was hard to get Zachary off of his new swings!
The next week, Zachary had a "reveal party" to show his friends his newly renovated backyard, complete with balloons and a special Star Wars cake. It was the first of many summer days spent playing with family and friends. Zachary has a new-found hope, and his family’s smiles make clear the impact the wish has had on the entire family.