Dawson’s deck: Evansville boy gets a wish granted


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Almost five years ago, Ciara Englert gave birth to her son, Dawson. As any child would, it changed her life and added new challenges.

Friday, a group of people took one of those challenges away and Dawson got a wish granted.

He doesn’t want a new toy or vacation to Disney World. He just wants to be like other kids.

“He likes to sit out and socialize,” Ciara said.

Just like other kids.

Only other kids don’t have MFDM.

Ciara Englert holds her son, Dawson.

“Mandibulofacial dysostosis with microcephaly,” Ciara explained. A rare developmental disorder Dawson was born with. There are less than 200 known cases.

“He has a little more of the extreme side of things with these kids.”

Dawson was born with a small jaw, a cleft palate, and profound hearing loss. He can’t walk very well, and he is fed through a tube.

His mom and dad would do anything for him. “He is such a joy,” Ciara laughed.

You get out of life what you put in, and on this Friday, there is a lot of sweat going into a loved Evansville home.

A group of carpenters helps to build Dawson’s deck.

Retired carpenter Marvin Byrer is leading a group of volunteer tradesmen in building a deck for Dawson.

“It was pretty easy to make up my mind to do this,” Byrer said. It didn’t take a lot of arm twisting to be part of Dawson’s deck.

Granted, a Tri-State group helped make it happen.

“He can’t just come outside and sit without me, so this will give us the ability to wheel his chair outside so he can sit down and enjoy being outside like other kids,” Ciara said.

The guys have surely done projects on a larger scale, but this one might be more special than most.

“The joy from knowing you’re making a child’s life a little better,” added Byrer.

There are no cutting corners here. Dawson’s wish is a dream come true.

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This story was originally published on July 12, 2019

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