In the spring of 2015, BRR was invited to be part of making someone’s wish come true…literally. It all started when some of our team members were introduced to a young boy named Tyler through Make-A-Wish Missouri.
Since birth, 11-year-old Tyler has battled CHARGE Syndrome, a life-threatening illness that involves more than 50 diagnosed conditions. Despite the mental and physical limitations he battles every day, Tyler refuses to let the restrictions of his disease prevent him from doing the things he loves, like practicing math, watching cartoons, playing with his dogs or kicking around a soccer ball. In fact, it was his love of Disney’s Playhouse Junior cartoon characters that inspired his wish – Tyler wanted a playhouse of his own.
BRR was involved in making Tyler’s wish a reality since the very beginning. Our team worked in collaboration with Tyler’s family to learn as much as they could about him, with the goal to truly customize the tree house to his needs. The team learned that Tyler is a smart, fun-loving young boy who enjoys math and the color yellow.
“All of the things we learned about Tyler influenced the design of his tree house,” said Zach Sumada, lead designer on the tree house team. “We added some of Tyler’s favorite things into the design, like the yellow door and interior accents, and an entire wall covered with chalkboard paint so he can practice his math problems.”
Tyler’s tree house was finally revealed on August 3rd, in front of family, friends, project team members from all the companies involved, and even Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia. BRR’s team members all agreed that this was an extremely special project, largely because of all the wonderful people it introduced them to.
“Working with Tyler and his family has been one of the most rewarding projects I have ever worked on,” said Sumada. “It took over a year of planning, a great team of individuals, and countless man hours, but seeing this project come together has been an incredibly gratifying experience.”
“My favorite part of this experience has been the people we’ve gotten to know while working on the project,” added John Quinton, Vice President and Principal in Charge. “Tyler is an amazing young man, and his family is an inspiration. They’re always smiling, and make a point to treat each day as a gift for themselves and Tyler, enjoying what they have, and not worrying about the life Tyler should have had.”
A more detailed recap and video from the reveal day of Tyler’s Tree House can be found here on the Kansas City Star website.