guest blog by Nila Ridings
Cancer is an ugly disease and it’s uglier when an innocent child becomes it’s victim. Ella Schultz is just six years old. Sadly she is facing down two very difficult monsters; cancer and her StoneGate HOA board of directors.
Ella was contacted by Make A Wish. What she wished for is a playhouse. Make A Wish contacted J.E. Dunn Construction Company in Kansas City. They are willing to build that playhouse with a matching roof to the houses in the neighborhood. Being from Kansas City, I am well aware of this company and over the years have known some of their employees. I am not one bit surprised to hear they were ready and willing to make this wish come true for Ella. They are a big company with a big heart!
On the other hand, I am not at all surprised to hear the StoneGate HOA has brought Ella’s wish to a screeching halt. Why? Because that’s what HOAs are all about! ENFORCE THOSE COVENANTS AT ALL COSTS!!! Forget the human factor. Deny the ill child. Show her from a early age that the almighty power of the HOA will stop her wish in it’s tracks. Ignore the neighbors who are supporting Ella’s wish.
President Stacy Bayers, as the leader of your HOA board do you have any common sense? When KCTV-5 contacted you did you EVER THINK to call an emergency board meeting and share these circumstances with the other board members? Do you realize you can torment adults 365 days per year, but little Ella’s supporters from all over the world are going to fiercely support a sick child with a wish against your HOA? Can you even imagine the negative exposure StoneGate is going to get? For years to come people will drive by StoneGate and say, “That’s that horrible place that denied that little girl with cancer a playhouse!!!” So much for property values Ms. Bayers! Win your battle…lose your war!
When Ella wins her battle against cancer I feel sure I know one thing that won’t ever be in her future. She’s shed her tears at six over an HOA and what a life lesson she has had, but she won’t be shedding tears at sixty because of bullies on an HOA board. Nobody will catch her buying property in the HOA trap.
Let’s send prayers out for Ella Schultz and her battle against cancer. And much gratitude to KCTV-5 reporter Jamie Oberg for giving this story television exposure.