LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After months of waiting, three children diagnosed with serious disorders finally got a sneak peak at their dream playhouses on Friday, provided by a partnership of local builders and charities.
Noah and Gabriel Renner and Vance Lovett helped design the playhouses, which will be officially unveiled at an event on Feb. 26 at the Home Garden and Remodeling Show. The Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville teamed up with YouthBuild and Kosair Charities for the project.
"They told me it was going to be big but to see it is different," said Emily Lovett. Her son, Vance, has a rare genetic disorder leaving him completely blind. The military family had just moved the Mt. Washington area when Vance was diagnosed at just a few weeks old. Now four years old, Vance struggles with communication issues and anxiety, his mother said, but he has a great sense of humor and loves playing with his siblings.
The family hopes that the playhouse can help with Vance's therapy. "Anytime we can get him playing and interacting with his environment, it's a total win for us," Emily stated in a press release for the project.
Several years ago, doctors told Noah Renner's mother that he would not be able to walk and talk, but now the 8-year-old, diagnosed with a myriad of challenges including cerebral palsy, is walking and talking and receiving the other playhouse, along with his brother Gabriel. Gabriel, 4, also has cerebral palsy but has graduated from speech therapy, which his mother attributes to early intervention.
The playhouses will be on display at the Home Garden and Remodeling Show from February 26 to March 1, 2015.
The event sponsored in part by River City Bank, Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville, Kosair Charities and YouthBuild Louisville.