Sheldon Starr's pirate playhouse.

A Houston boy recently received a special playhouse from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri.

Sheldon Starr, who calls the playhouse his “pirate ship,” is being treated for leukemia. When wishgranters went to vist Sheldon to help determine his wish, it was evident that Sheldon wished to have his own playhouse at his home, so that he could enjoy when able to be outside.

Sheldon and his family and friends celebrated his wish with the theme of “pirates,” then everyone went to Sheldon’s to enjoy the ship.

The Springfield region office for the Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled Sheldon’s wish. His wish granters were Brenda McKnight from Poplar Bluff and JoAnn Pierce of Van Buren. McKight and Pierce are Make-A-Wish volunteers who perform their duties as wish granters — people who help the child pick out a wish, and then coordinate every aspect of the wish, including travel, hotels, meals and even special gifts for the children.

More volunteers are needed to help make wishes come true for area children between the ages 2 1/2 and 18 who are bravely battling life threatening conditions. To sign up or learn more, call 1-800-937-9474. You can also visit the Missouri chapter’s website at

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