Cross is a fun-loving, playful, and active five-year-old boy from Yuma, Colorado with a big imagination and an even bigger heart. He has leukemia but that doesn’t slow him down; especially not while running around the backyard with his siblings!
When Cross heard that he was going to have his wish granted by Make-A-Wish Colorado, he thought about his two favorite things: playing outside and rodeos. He combined these loves and decided he wanted a barn-themed treehouse so he could play outside, regardless of the weather, in a place he could call his own.
Cross had plenty of his own ideas that he wanted incorporated into his treehouse: swings, big windows, a slide, and room for his sleeping bag. “When we talked about his treehouse, the thing Cross was most excited about was sleeping in it,” his mom said.
On construction day, Cross could hardly contain his excitement. He spent the whole day outside with the builders- he even helped them load their trailer! The builders were very impressed with Cross’ work ethic and invited him to build treehouses with them all summer. Cross thought about it a minute and quipped back, “maybe you all could come play rodeo with me all summer instead!”
When he finally clambered up the rock wall for the first time, Cross was ecstatic. The treehouse was perfect. The outside was just as he envisioned: a barn; but this one was on stilts! There was a rock wall to climb up and Cross’s choice of a slide or pole to get down. There was also a pulley-system suspended outside the big barn windows for Cross to get his supplies in and out. Cross’ mom said the most important part of the structure to Cross was the swings. “He would swing all day if we let him,” she explained.
The inside was nothing short of magical. A big barn door opened to reveal the inside which was big enough for multiple sleeping bags. It even had a built-in loft with a ladder to provide Cross with his own special sleeping spot! That night, Cross slept in the treehouse, thrilled to have a place he could call his own.
Cross’ treehouse was much more than a barn on stilts. Up here, his cancer couldn’t touch him. He could be anything he wanted to be: a cowboy, an astronaut, a spy, a superhero; whatever his mind dreamed up. Most importantly, he could be a kid.