Make-A-Wish helps design bedroom for boy with cerebral palsyPosted: Updated:
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- A boy with life-threatening cerebral palsy now has a renovated bedroom -- that's designed for his needs and styled after his love of space -- thanks to Make-A-Wish Arizona and a Canadian pediatric dentistry design team.
Due to his condition, 10-year-old Issac has to sit at a slant in his wheelchair to keep an airway open for breathing, according to a Make-A-Wish Arizona release. As such, Issac only looks at the upper portion of rooms he's in, making his bedroom design different from most.
The space theme of the room runs from ceiling to floor, with every angle covered in spaceship-style designs. The room has colored lights and drawings of fun space creatures all over its walls, but the biggest feature is on the ceiling: a mural of Issac and his family.
David Nolan, the president of Imagine Dental Solutions, was approached by the Make-A-Wish foundation after his work at a pediatric dentistry office in Phoenix. Nolan said that make a dream a reality for a child like Issac is an incredibly rewarding part of his job.
"For us, these are really special projects," Nolan said. "We build a lot of pediatric dental offices and we really enjoy that -- we get to work with great people -- but when you approach it like this it's very special, it's very true to our hearts."
Roger Stratton, Issac's father, said that words can't explain how happy he is that his son's love of space is being brought to his bedroom. Stratton said that the work Nolan's team has done will make Issac, who is a big fan of the room's bright colors, much happier.
"He put the first panel up and I was already excited for him," Stratton said. "His therapy will go better just because he has an actual spot (for it) in there, it just seems like it will be great for him and everything he needs."