May 26, 2017
OTJ Architects recently helped make 6-year old Mason’s wish come true. Diagnosed with leukemia, in 2016, Mason’s childhood has been filled with chemotherapy, painful treatment protocols and more time spent with doctors and nurses than with friends and family.
When a social worker from Children’s National Medical Center referred Mason to the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic foundation, he began eagerly brainstorming. It didn’t take Mason long to excitedly share his dream: a safari-themed playroom that would combine his love of wild animals and treehouses to swing from.
Our team was as excited as Mason when we were approached to participate in a project that would bring hope and strength to a child recovering from a life-threatening condition. Our designers quickly got to sketching the layout of the play space before donating their time and talent to painting murals and assembling the room’s faux tree. HBW Group provided labor and materials while MOI, Shaw Carpets, Interface Carpet, F. Schumacher & Co., Donghia, Inc., and Lighting Environments donated items and time to turn Mason’s wish into reality.
On his sixth birthday, Mason eagerly awaited the reveal of his new room with friends and family. Mason was speechless when he opened the door for the first time to discover a play space like no other complete with a grassy loft, tree, slide, fireman’s pole, basket with pulley rope, and look out deck.
Our team was honored to participate in this project which serves as a reminder of one of OTJ’s core beliefs: design has the unique power to better lives. We are proud to recognize the OTJ team, led by our own Jenne Whitelaw, whose tireless efforts on behalf of this worthy cause were instrumental in bringing Mason’s wish to life.
Jenne remarked: “Mason was the true architect of his wild tree house wish; OTJ designers and friends just brought it to life! Each step of the wish – from planning to painting – was met with a sense of joyfulness, humility, gratitude, and laughter.”
To learn more about Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and the tangible impact community partners can have on the lives of local children, please visit midatlantic.wish.org.Back to Blog