ESPN and Make-A-Wish Have Combined to Help a Bristol, Connecticut-area Family Make its Home More Accessible

Alex “AJ” Schilling is blind, uses a wheelchair and is going deaf. He suffers seizures daily due to a rare disorder that’s afflicted him since birth.

His parents wanted to make their home as accessible as possible for their growing 11-year-old son, who weighs 72 pounds. Make-A-Wish contacted ESPN and the company’s Bristol Facilities team jumped into action.

The Facilities team oversaw construction of a two-story elevator added to the side of the house. The “lift” will make it possible to move AJ from the family van in the garage to his second-floor bedroom.

Company volunteers with skills that fit the project were key to its success. Learn more about how the project came about by visiting ESPN Front Row.