Girl receives playground from Make-A-Wish

ALTONA When Sierra Reynolds wished for her own playground, she never thought it would happen. However, thanks to a partnership between one local business and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York, Sierras dream has come true. When Sierra came home last Thursday, she walked up her driveway as she normally does, to find a huge playset, complete with swings, slides and a rock climbing wall waiting for her in her backyard. The 7-year-old was shy as she was surrounded by many people who turned out to see her receive her wish. Her enthusiasm was evident, however, as she and her 3-year-old sister, Alexandria, took to the swings and slides. I like the swings and the slides, said Sierra. The playground set brought a smile to Sierras face, much to the delight of her parents, Kathy and Morris Reynolds. When she made the wish she didnt believe it would become true, said Sierras mother. So, this is just amazing. Having Sierras wish was very important to them, said Kathy. Sierra was diagnosed with chronic renal failure at the age of 2, resulting in the inability of her kidneys to function properly. She constantly undergoes physical therapy for her condition through Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services, where Sierras family first learned of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We learned about Make-A-Wish in January and asked her if she had her wish what she would want if she wanted to go to Disney World or if she wanted anything else, recalled Kathy. She told us no, this was what she wanted. Sierra had seen the playground set in a newspaper advertisement months before and had fallen in love with it, Kathy said. When she was contacted, Cathy Downs, a representative from Make-A-Wish, began to facilitate the donation from Kids Creations, a playground equipment manufacturer out of Garnett, Kan. The company, in turn, contacted Rebecca Leonard, owner of House Doctors Handyman Service in Plattsburgh, to perform the installation. We got a call from this company in Kansas that found us on the Internet and asked us if we put up playsets, Rebecca said. The man gave me the familys name and I recognized it, but nothing really clicked. It was upon contacting Sierras uncle, Mark Reynolds, when she suddenly realized she actually knew not only of Sierras family, but she really knew Mark. Marks my bowling partner in our Saturday league, laughed Rebecca. I didnt even realize it was him until we talked on the phone. Morris even bowls in the league, but on another team. Its really a small world. So, then we were really excited to do this, Rebecca said. But, whether we knew the family or not, we wanted to do this. Rebecca and her husband, Jim, as well as a band of volunteers came together early last Thursday morning to put together Sierras playset, despite rainy conditions and black flies. It was all worth it, said Rebecca, once Sierra saw the end result. The Reynolds family, who is originally from Westport, has been very appreciative of the support theyve received since Sierra was diagnosed with her condition. Knowing that Sierra will one day need a kidney transplant, her family knows that support is what will help them through it. When Sierra first got sick, from down home to up here, everybody to this day has been there for us, said Morris. We were new up here, and didnt really know anybody, but its just amazing how people will go out of their way. We appreciate everything everyone has done. It leaves you speechless how everyone comes together for you, he added.

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