Woodland Boy Battling Cancer Gets Dream Playground From Make-A-Wish


Five-year-old Darey from Woodland has been fighting leukemia for almost a year, according to KCRA. Like any kid his age, Darey just wants to play outside, but because chemotherapy has done a number on his immune system, he can’t go to the park any more.

“He gets sick real quick. That’s why I couldn’t take him to the park, and that’s why his wish was to have his own park. It’s heartbreaking. I wish every moment it could be me and not him,” said his mother, Bernice.

But now he and his little sister get to play in their very own Woodland backyard playground thanks to The Make-a-Wish Foundation of Northeastern California and Northern Nevada. They teamed up with 30 volunteers from Home Depot to transform Darey’s backyard, building a fence, play area and more.



“It’s so awesome seeing him be a normal kid and not think about medicine or doctors or anything like that. It’s so rewarding,” Bernice said.

Make-A-Wish made sure to include the two things Darey missed most from the park—a slide and a sandbox.


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