Custom playhouse built for four kids through local collaboration were presented during this culminating Playhouse Reveal event
Through a unique collaboration between local businesses and non-profits, four Kosair Kids ® received custom-built dream playhouses. In its 9th consecutive year, this year two sets of siblings – Anistyn and Easton and Lola and Oliver – received playhouses on March 21 which were designed, built and decorated especially for their needs. The children are involved in every step of the process.
The Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA) teams with Youth Build Louisville, Kosair Charities, and many local businesses and builders each year to create playhouses which serve as a therapy-aide for continued strength and improve and enhance their quality of life.
“Alongside our builders, Eldridge Company and Miranda Construction, we are excited to once again be partnering with Kosair Charities, River City Bank and YouthBuild Louisville to provide a safe and fun place for these children to play and dream,” said Juva Barber, Executive Vice President, Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville.
About the 2019 Recipients
Lola and Oliver Rosenbaum: Both Lola (8) and Oliver (6) have Down syndrome. Oliver is dual-diagnosed with moderate to severe Non-Verbal Autism. The Rosenbaum’s feel that a playhouse will help promote Lola and Oliver’s physical, cognitive, learning, visual, low muscle tone, and hearing experiences all while playing. In addition to traditional therapy, the playhouse will provide continued therapy play in the comfort of home. The children are served by Down Syndrome of Louisville and Visually Impaired Preschool Services.
Anistyn and Easton Hurst: Anistyn (7) and Easton (5) were both born with cystic fibrosis. This disease is caused by a defective gene that creates a buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. A playhouse would encourage active outdoor play, with the movement helping prevent the build-up of mucous in their lungs and avoids persistent coughs. The playhouse will be themed as a superhero lair and assist in their lifelong battle against cystic fibrosis.
About the Organizations
Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, please visit kosair.org.
Building Industry Charitable Foundation operates under the Executive Committee of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville with the mission to use the talents, resources, and abilities of members of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville to improve the quality of life of special needs children and adults in the community. For more information, visit BICFLouisville.org.
YouthBuild Louisville’s mission is to capitalize on the positive energy of young adults by helping them rebuild their communities and their own lives with a commitment to work, education, responsibility and family. To learn more about YouthBuild Louisville, visit youthbuildlouisville.org.