Construction Make-A-Wish home nears completion, buyer still needed
BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Metro Source | October 14, 2013
Natale Builders began construction on a new home in Clarence in June that would potentially help grant wishes for local children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
This is the second home in Clarence that Natale Builders has built to benefit the children of Make-A-Wish in Western New York.
The 1,800 square foot home, located on Ava Lane in Clarence, has three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a two-car garage and a full-insulated, pre-studded basement.
Larry LaDuca, general manager of Natale Builders explained that this home is also a “green home.”
“Green homes are proven healthier and traditionally have a higher quality of air,” he said.
Owners of green homes also save money on electric and gas bills because of the geothermal heating and cooling system.
Not only is this a green home, it is also located in a green certified development. According to LaDuca, this means the development is located within walking distance of sustainable needs.
There is also a natural wildlife habitat area, as well as a five-acre walking path for residents. Windmills also power the streetlights.
LaDuca said Natale Builders is hoping to raise $50,000 for Make-A-Wish. For this to be possible they’re looking to sell the home for at least $299,000.
“If you’re in the market, needing to buy a home, I think this is an amazing opportunity to get a high end quality home, while supporting Make-A-Wish in your community,” said Mary Hazel, development manager at Make-A-Wish. “I think it’s a very unique opportunity as a buyer.”
If $50,000 is raised, more than six local children’s wishes could be granted. The average cost of a wish is about $7,500. Wishes for these children can be anything from visiting a destination, to meeting a favorite athlete.
In July, 17-year old Kaely had her wish granted. With deep ties to the Italian culture and a love for Italian food, it was Kaely’s wish to visit Italy. Before she left, she was given an Italian dictionary and learned some common phrases for her trip. Kaely, who has been diagnosed with stage-four lymphoma, said she did a lot of eating in Italy and enjoyed visiting the Coliseum.
Another wish recently granted was Lauren’s. Lauren, who is 14 years old and has a heart condition, always wished to swim with the dolphins in Atlantis. Make-A-Wish made this possible for her in February.
Make-A-Wish receives no state or federal funding. Hazel said it’s when the community comes together to help raise money that makes the dreams come true for these children.
“I think the beauty of Make-A-Wish is when we enter their lives, we’re one of the few positive things going on in that time,” said Hazel. “We’re medicine for the soul.”