So by now you all have probably heard if not seen the local news report about how the big bad HOA of Stonegate is crushing the dreams of a sick little girl. At least that is how the media is spinning it. We are doing our own investigation here at the Raymore Journal, so the story is not over yet. But I wanted to make a few things clear from the start about what awful reporting this was.
First, Stonegate has been extremely supportive of Ella. They had a welcome home parade for her, they decorated their entrance sign for her, and there are green bows all over the neighborhood to show support for her. All of this was done BEFORE any Make-A-Wish was granted. The City of Raymore even had Ella as the guest of honor to light the city’s Christmas tree back in December. Our Community has shown love and support for Ella and her family since Ella first became ill last summer. Where was the fancy media then?
Second, as to the HOA, there are rules and regulations in place that one person cannot overturn. As with any decision that has to be made by a group, this can take some time. I also recognize, time is very precious when it comes to a sick child. Please remember that the members of the HOA are the same neighbors who have loved Ella and her family throughout this illness. They are not bad people. Let’s give them a couple of weeks to review their policy and see if there is a way that they can make an exception while still holding to the essence of their bylaws and covenants.
Of course JE Dunn and Make-A-Wish should be completely applauded for their willingness to help this sweet little girl. I really hope that they are able to work it out with the HOA. But let’s reserve judgment of the HOA and their president until we get all the facts, advice the Kansas City news media would do well to heed.