Make-a-Wish builds sensory bedroom for 4-year-old Wales boy

It's Make-a-Wish Wisconsin's 6,000th wish

Make-a-Wish Wisconsin granted its 6,000th wish in the Badger State this week.

The organization, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions,  presented 4-year-old Lincoln Durik with a new sensory bedroom Friday morning.

The room, which contains a custom mural, and a variety of safe objects to play with, was assembled together at Durik's home in Wales.

Durik's new bedroom also contains a ball pit, bean bag chair, and bubble tub.

Durik has autism and does not speak. He's also living with a rare form of epilepsy.

His parents, Ken and Sarah Durik, said they were thrilled with the sensory room, because it will provide him with a safe space to play.

"It's always challenging to find toys he really likes, but he is very sensory seeking," Sarah Durik said. "He likes flashing lights, vibrations, he likes spinning things."

"It's pretty amazing and a little overwhelming," Ken Durik said. "We just always want him to, you know, have any chance he can to have fun and be happy."

Forrest Doolen, Director of Marketing and Communications for Make-a-Wish Wisconsin, said granting wishes can help give children the strength to live with - or even overcome - serious medical conditions like Durik's.

He added the sensory room will be a part of the Durik household for years.

"Having something that's going to be here for many years to come, that the family can go to, enjoy, and spend time in, we know that will continue to make an impact," Doolen said.

Make-a-Wish Wisconsin has been around since 1984.

The organization plans to grant more than 380 wishes in the year 2017.

Those interested in donating, or getting involved, can call 800-236-WISH or visit www.wisconsin.wish.org. 

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