Wishing Star Helps Increase the Quality of Life

SHAWN GUST/Press Carla Schauer and her 12-year-old son Abe, who has Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease, laugh together while visiting Tuesday in their Post Falls home.  Local businesses worked together through the Wishing Star Foundation to donate a central air and heating system to the Schauer's, which will allow Abe to be in other rooms in his home.

Many people don’t realize how hard it can be to navigate the world around them until they or someone they care for suffers from a life-threatening illness. Activities like entering and exiting a vehicle, getting into bed, going on walks, participating in family activities, and breathing quality air are a constant struggle for several of our Wishing Star families.

Wishing Star aims to make life easier for these people by increasing their quality of life. In fact, 1 in 5 of our Wishing Star families has been granted a wish that eases their daily struggles. Many of our children face life-long disabilities such as cerebral palsy or epilepsy. While a trip to Disneyland might not appeal to a child who is non-verbal and confined to a wheelchair, the gift of a van ramp so she can more easily leave the house with her family could make an enormous impact.

Twelve-year-old Abe suffered from a rare neurological condition (Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease) tBirthdayhat prevented him from regulating his body temperature. In the warmer months, this condition was a struggle for Abe as his house did not have central air conditioning. His family’s wish was for him to have an air conditioning unit installed in the home. Abe had a wall unit in his bedroom at the time, which confined him to that one room of the house, away from the rest of his family. They wanted him to be able to spend time with them in the other living areas of the home. Being with his family in the main house was necessary to increase the family’s quality of life, and Wishing Star was proud to help grant their wish. You can learn more about Abe in this YouTube video.

If you’d like to make life a little easier for children like Abe, please click the button below to make a secure online donation. Thank you for your support!

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