Dozens of volunteers work together to build dream treehouse for boy with terminal illness

by Adam Ford · Sep 28th, 2019 11:42 am

Last Updated Jan 3rd, 2020 at 3:53 pm

An eight-year-old North Carolina boy who has a terminal illness took ownership of the treehouse of his dreams Wednesday after a Pennsylvania nonprofit and myriad local volunteers and businesses worked together to build it for him.

The luxurious blue treehouse has a Spider-Man theme and is decked out with a bunk bed, TV, desk, table, chairs, two iPads, and an X-Box.

The boy, Lorenzo Andrade-Cruz, has ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy), which is a hereditary condition that damages the membrane that insulates nerve cells in the brain. Both of his brothers died from the same illness.

Jamie Ward, founder of nonprofit Jamie’s Dream Team, told ABC News that she heard about Lorenzo from a nurse who told her that he has the terminal illness from which both of his brothers died and “would love to a have a treehouse.”

“Lorenzo was so sweet, he said, ‘I wont be able to walk or talk, but I would love a treehouse,’ so he knows what’s going to happen to him and it tore me to pieces,” Ward said.

Volunteers from two states, including local businesses and the local fire department, worked for almost a month and made his dream a reality.