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Published on Nov 21, 2012
Ryan, 15, lives with a severe seizure disorder known as Lennox Gastaut Syndrome. He's been plagued with seizures since the age of two, and the relentless seizure activity has caused significant cognitive and developmental delays. Ryan recently had his greatest wish granted by Make-A-Wish® Maine: a backyard makeover.
Ryan has a particular fascination with trees and the outdoors. He loves to be outdoors, but the family lives on a busy street, and for his own safety he cannot be outside without being in a contained area, or without supervision. Never before has he been able to run freely in his own backyard.
His wish request for a safe, fenced in backyard was a natural fit given Ryan's situation. The wish included installing a 6' high cedar stockade fence, a sand box, a water fountain and the planting of Ryan's favorite kind of tree in the yard.
Ryan's family and friends celebrated Ryan's wish with the official presentation and reveal to Ryan. He ran freely in his yard for the first time and was be joined by employees from Diversified Communications (the sponsor of Ryan's wish) during the ceremonial tree planting. Also joining Ryan at his Wish reveal party were members of the Westbrook Fire Dept. who gave him a ride in the truck and cooked burgers on a grill.
Make-A-Wish is grateful to all contributors to Ryan's wish: Wishmaker Diversified Communications, Wish Granters Linda Jackson-Phillips and Janine Talbot, Burns' Fencing, City of Westbrook (Dept. of Building Inspection), The Meathouse, O'Donal's Nursery, Lowe's, Maine Paint Service, Paint Pot, Shaw's of Westbrook, Hannaford's of Westbrook, Jane Ellen Filieo, Nancy Lund, Stacy Duffy and Jerry Mocciola.