ATL Brings Big Smiles to Deserving Family

Swinerton Southeast’s Special Projects team was thrilled to be a part of yet another Sunshine on a Ranney Day makeover. The non-profit organization partners with local companies to renovate homes for children with special needs, helping restore hope to their families at no cost to them. Eli is a sweet seven year old full of giggles. Eli entered the world early at 35 weeks and weighed only three pounds, and after spending years in and out of the hospital with various medical issues, his diagnosis of Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome was finally confirmed in 2015. Although his journey from infancy through childhood has been challenging, he is a survivor.

In May 2015, Eli started a Compassionate Care trial at Children's National in Washington DC. The trial aims to improve Eli's quality of life. He is one of only four children that are fortunate enough to be on this trial in
the United States.

Swinerton built a new bathroom and bedroom for Eli, and the team was ecstatic for Eli's reveal on April 1st! The Special Projects team self-performed demo of the entire existing bathroom, bathtub, carpet, tile, sink, and doorframes. The bathroom door was widened to allow easier access; the shower pan was lowered in order to achieve a zero-threshold entry and ADA grab bars were installed; the plumbing was reworked to support multiple adjustable shower head fixtures; the vanity and toilet were lowered to become wheelchair accessible; the bathroom floor and shower was retiled; new lighting fixtures were installed in both the bedroom and bathroom; the bedroom was given new wood flooring, allowing for enhanced wheelchair mobility; and both the bedroom and bathroom were painted
and retrimmed.

The mural in the bedroom and the lowering of the shower were the most talked-about elements of the renovated space. The incredible mural that spans all of the walls in Eli’s new room is Winnie the Pooh themed, Eli’s favorite. Eli’s mom shed tears of happiness when she opened the door to Eli’s  new wheelchair accessible bathroom, saying, “We don’t have to lift him anymore!” 

It's reactions like this from parents and the smiles on the faces of kids like Eli that make us so honored to work with organizations like Sunshine on a Ranney Day. We are thrilled to continue the hard work for these deserving families.