Cancer Patient Denied Playhouse By Homeowner Association

Cancer Patient Denied Playhouse By Homeowner Association

6-year-old cancer patient denied backyard playhouse by Missouri homeowners association.

The parents of a young girl with leukemia say they want to build a playhouse for their daughter, but they’ve been blocked by their homeowners association.

Pete and Jennifer Schultz, who live in the Kansas City, Missouri, suburb of Raymore, say they need the playhouse for their 6-year-old daughter, Ella Joe, because her health keeps her from playing with other children.

“She’s earned this — she deserves it,” Pete Schultz said, according to The Kansas City Star. “She can’t get out and play with other kids. This playhouse is what she would have. Is it really going to hurt someone?”

The homeowners group released a statement on its website, saying the proposal for a “barn-style” playhouse was denied because it didn’t have enough details to merit an exemption.

“Our hearts are with Ella Schultz and her family as they battle this terrible illness,” it read.

The Stonegate of the Good Ranch is committed to working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation “to see if we can figure out a way to make Ella’s wish come true,” and the group has requested additional information from the charity and a construction company that has committed to building the play house.

An email to the homeowners association from The Associated Press seeking further comment wasn’t immediately returned.

As this plays out, Ella Joe has been in the hospital fighting complications from her cancer. University of Kansas Hospital spokesman Bob Hallinan confirmed that she remained in the hospital Thursday afternoon.

The Schultz’s neighbors have rallied around the family before, including last year, when after spending several months in the hospital, Ella Joe came home to a neighborhood parade.

  • Soni Lynn

    I hope the family wins on this issue, the home owner’s assoc should be ashamed of themselves. Praying the little girl beats the leukemia and becomes strong and healthy very quickly!

    • Mike Powers

      I’m with Soni Lynn. I also pray this little girl wins her fight with leukemia. In the meantime, I wish there was something we could all do to let this misguided (nasty?) HOA know how outraged caring people are about their unconcern for the needs of a critically ill child!

  • Adam Nehr

    Homeowners associations do more harm than good, Ironically most are run by conservative anti government types that become local dictators. They need to be severely regulated or eliminated! In my community ours is non-obligatory and fairly benign. That works others more draconian do not!

  • jerseydave

    Condo Associations and Homeowner Associations tend to be run by the same type of folks who end up running the unfortunate banana republics that go dictator-y. Same personalities and same attitudes towards other human beings. The ones who tried to stop a Vietnam vet from flying the American flag on his porch come to mind. The kid is undoubtedly more grown up than they are. I hope the kid gets their playhouse and the scrooges get a clue.

  • Pepe Le Pew

    What is their problem? How many people run this home owners association? I wonder how they would feel if it were their daughter? I’m willing to bet they would look at their ridiculous rules differently then!
    If I knew how, I would try to get on that website that raises money for people and try to raise enough money so they could BUY their own damn house OFF of this stupid property. Then they could build her playhouse in the backyard.
    Maybe they could build a smaller version of a playhouse INSIDE her bedroom? Or is that against the home owners association “laws” as well?

  • torigan

    did you sign a h.o.a. contract? did you read it? SHOULD HAVE READ IT!

  • Skeets k

    My 2 cent would be to have a fire sale at the homes of the home owners association, and then complain to them about all the traffic on the streets and smell from their homes burning to the ground. But then I am a Viet Nam Vet and yall know were crazy, that’s why I live out in the sticks. So I don’t have to put up with self centered, self righteous ,self important, arse holes that think they are Gods gift to the community. I just hope these same people wind up wanting things that they are not allowed to have because of the rules THEY have imposed
    As ye judge so shall ye be judged

  • Geri Frieda

    HOAs are elected by the residents and can be recalled and new members elected or the residents can sign a petition to override the HOA Board decisions. The HOA Board does not have the last say!

  • karen

    Unbelievable. Where are their hearts????

  • Geri Frieda

    HOAs serve a purpose, the problem is that the elected residents that run them are generally not professional people so they have no idea of what they are doing and the skill set to manage them properly nor do they understand the laws that surround them.

  • Geri Frieda

    HOAs also do not trump state or federal laws nor ADA laws.

  • JPuzzleWhiz

    “Our hearts are with Ella Schultz and her family…”

    Really? Your “hearts” are with them? How can that be possible when denying Ella her playhouse proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that YOU HAVE NO HEARTS?

  • sabrina02

    Join one of these ridiculous associations, and you have to abide by their rules. I wanted so bad to live in a certain area of my town. The only thing that stopped me was I would have had to join the HA. No way. People. Stop signing contracts and then getting all irate when exceptions aren’t made to suit your special circumstances. The bottom line is, the contract YOU signed is binding.

  • Geri Frieda

    It’s not a contract, it’s a deed restricted community with covenants’ that are run by an elected resident board. Residents always have the final say if they band together.

  • Mazuti

    Most HOA are run by old people with too much money and too little compassion such as saying I cannot have two flags flying. One flag USMC and the other an American flag. They want them down come on over. I will be glad to provide them with assistance. For the little girl it’s time for the city to step in or we the people as we are the ones who let them get away with their crap rules.

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    • Neal

      If you live in a community with a HOA, perhaps you signed a document, when you bought the house, that said you would live within the rules of the HOA? If these parents did, then the HOA is simply enforcing the rules. If they did not, then they have a case.

      • mike

        Missouri should lose their statehood. Nothing but bad comes out of there. This one shows just how ignorant they are. Police do and say as they please. St. Louis is a crime capital of the US. Annex them quick!!!!

        • Dian Sagers Villarreal

          I am familiar with HOA’s. I have one, and they overstep their bounds over and over. I agree that if you signed on to live in a HOA community you need to follow the rules…..but the rules should only extend to what you see in the front of the house! Back yards should be off their limit! What one keeps in their garage should be none of their business, unless it houses another family, but other than that, keep your nose out of my garage, and let that kid have her playhouse! It’s not hurting anyone, and it’s helping a seriously ill child! Why wouldn’t anyone have compassion for that? Seriously sick minded people who sit on boards and commissions that decide things like this. GET A CLUE, AND HAVE A HEART!!!

  • Geri Frieda

    HOAs also do not trump the constitution… or STATE or Federal Laws!

  • Mazuti

    This for Torigan. Is that a name or a disease? Wish you were in my HOA. Hello to Skeets. Nam vets forever. Kill ’em all and let God find a new HOA board.