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Caitlin's pink playhouse

Caitlin wished for a pink playhouse

“ My playhouse is very awesome .... I got more than I wished for. ”

- Caitlin

The scent of fresh sawdust hangs in the air. A construction crew is hard at work. They’re here for one 8-year-old girl. She has Wilm’s tumor, a rare kidney cancer. Every blow of a hammer – every stroke with a paint brush – is the crew’s chance to change her life … to make her smile again.

The foundation is ready. The frame goes up. Then siding, shingles, an octagon window, a vibrant coat of paint, a purple flower box. Inside, a spiral staircase, a loft, kid-sized furniture.

The clock ticks, every second counts. Just a few miles away, the World Wish Day® Parade rolls through Harmony, Maine. Caitlin watches her hometown pass from the seat of her horse-drawn carriage. She doesn’t know where the parade ends.

Then Caitlin sees her house … and her wish come true: her playhouse. It’s bright. It’s pink. It’s her quiet place to read. Just like the library she loves at school, but all her own.

Caitlin steps out of the carriage, spellbound by the sight of her wish – the porch, the peace signs, the slide. Make-A-Wish® volunteers welcome her for a first glimpse inside.

“My playhouse is very awesome,” Caitlin says. “I got more than I wished for.”

The carpenters and the painters hear Caitlin’s words. They see her joy. They’ll never forget it.

  • The parade

  • Caitlin’s carriage ride

  • Caitlin’s pink playhouse

  • Welcome!

  • Caitlin’s playhouse

  • She checks out her wish

  • Girls only

  • Pretty in pink

  • And a purple staircase

  • Caitlin checks out the slide

  • Caitlin’s pink playhouse

  • Her wish came true

  • Caitlin poses next to her new domain

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What a magical playhouse for such a beautiful little girl.

May 20, 2011 - 12:43 PM


God Bless all you do Make-A-Wish Foundation!

October 30, 2011 - 11:01 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Jeslyn K

This is so amazing. She is so beautiful. Look how happy she is! That smile on her face is priceless.

July 12, 2012 - 9:07 AM

Allison R.

This is awesome. My son is in remission from Wilms for three years currently. I would love to connect with this mom to talk about Wilms. She is such a beautiful girl.

May 14, 2013 - 2:38 PM

quonj h.

i had the same cancer when i was diagnosed at age 7..... I'm now 15 .! god bless everyone with their individual fight! i wished to go to disney world=)

July 11, 2013 - 1:13 AM

Robyn B.

This little girl is finally happy again! The best feeling is knowing that you've helped somebody and made them smile!

December 08, 2014 - 8:39 AM

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