Shelburne girl’s wish granted with outdoor clubhouse


SHELBURNE, Vt.– Enjoying a sunny day outside is something many of us take for granted, but for 10-year-old Natalie Briggs, it’s not always possible.

“She has a partial chromosomal 6p duplication,” said Amelia Briggs, Natalie’s mom. “She’s the only documented kiddo in the world with it.”

Natalie’s condition keeps her from being able to spend time in really hot or really cool temperatures. Although it’s unique, just like any other kid, she loves spending time outdoors with friends.

“This gives her the flexibility to do some of her favorite activities while still enjoying the outdoors,” said William Briggs, Natalie’s dad.

Wednesday afternoon, Make-A-Wish Vermont unveiled a new clubhouse for Natalie right in her backyard. Thanks to the work of eight local businesses, she now has the opportunity to be outside safely during all four seasons.

“Wishes are medicine to children who are going through these sorts of things,” said Jamie Hathaway, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Vermont.  “What we’ve done is given her something fun, we’ve given here a way to get out of the house and into her own environment.”

An environment complete with games, books, and even a swing. It didn’t take long for Natalie to kick up her feet, test out the swing, and take in all the clubhouse has to offer.   

“Being able to be in there with friends and family and just be able to play and make memories,” Amelia said. “I think that’s going to be her most exciting part.”

Make-A-Wish Vermont has granted more than 800 wishes to children with critical illnesses. fff

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