Make-A-Wish Wisconsin will grant its 6,000th wish to 4-year-old Lincoln Durik of Wales who has a life-threatening neurological condition and has been diagnosed with autism.
Lincoln's wish was for a sensory room, and he'll get just that, complete with a custom mural painted by local artists Carrie Chimenti and Colleen Drew. The room will include a sensory panel filled with hands-on activities, including a heat-sensitive panel, a bead maze panel and panels filled with different colors and textures, lights and sounds. A ball pit, bean bag chair, bubble tube, LED light strands and a projector that projects different colorful images on the wall are also part of the room, according to a news release.
Lincoln's family and friends will be at the Duriks' home in Wales at 10 a.m. Friday, April 21, for the unveiling of the sensory room. Members of the Make-A-Wish staff will also be on hand, as will members of the town of Genesee Fire Department who have helped the Durik family in responding to medical calls for Lincoln's seizures.
"Lincoln's wish is just a really special wish," said Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Director of Marketing and Communications Forest Doolen. "His wish and story is unique for the same reason that all of our kids are unique in who they are as individuals and who they are as a family, and just the very unique situation that they have to go through."
Sarah Durik, Lincoln's mother, is grateful for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and what they are doing, and was surprised to get a call from the organization.
"They called me up one day and they said they would love to grant Lincoln his wish," Durik said of the phone call. "In fact, every time they call me, they're like 'We are so excited about this.' They are so awesome. These people are amazing."
Durik said that Lincoln has inspired a lot of people, and said he wakes up with a smile on his face every day.
"He is super; he is inspiring," Durik said. "In fact, It blows my mind because he has touched more people's lives than most human beings do in their lifetime. I even had a lady tell me she has a heart condition, and when she's having her issues, she says she thinks about Lincoln, and if Lincoln can do it, she can do it. That's pretty powerful."
Lincoln's wish is the 6,000th wish granted by Make-A-Wish Wisconsin since it started in 1984. The first wish the organization ever granted was to 11-year-old Catina, who wanted to meet Michael Jackson. In 2016, the chapter granted a record 378 wishes, with a plan to grant more than 380 this year.
The organization is granting Lincoln's wish in honor of World Wish Day, which takes place annually April 29 to honor the day that inspired Make-A-Wish's founding.