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 As a Make-A-Wish Michigan wish kid, 7-year-old Christopher Lutzenkirchen of Macomb Township was granted a pop-up camper. He qualified for a wish due to his seizure disorder.

As a Make-A-Wish Michigan wish kid, 7-year-old Christopher Lutzenkirchen of Macomb Township was granted a pop-up camper. He qualified for a wish due to his seizure disorder.

Photo provided by Christy Schulte


Wish, new camper granted to local boy

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 7, 2020

 This 2020 Coachmen Clipper pop-up camper was granted June 26 to Christopher Lutzenkirchen, a Cherokee Elementary student. It was made possible thanks to Make-A-Wish Michigan and General RV Center in Mount Clemens.

This 2020 Coachmen Clipper pop-up camper was granted June 26 to Christopher Lutzenkirchen, a Cherokee Elementary student. It was made possible thanks to Make-A-Wish Michigan and General RV Center in Mount Clemens.

Photo provided by Christy Schulte

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The need to get out of the house and explore may be more prevalent than ever this summer.

For 7-year-old Christopher Lutzenkirchen, of Macomb Township, that means hitting the open road in a new camper.

As a Make-A-Wish Michigan wish kid, Lutzenkirchen wanted a pop-up camper. He and his family picked up the 2020 Coachmen Clipper camper, which sleeps six, at General RV Center June 26 in Mount Clemens.

Lutzenkirchen attends Cherokee Elementary in Clinton Township, where he finished his first grade school year. He qualified for a wish due to a seizure disorder. He also has cerebral palsy. In his case, Make-A-Wish Michigan learned of his condition when his parents submitted a referral.

He said he was pretty excited when he heard about the camper and that it was nice to go on a camping trip with his family. Less than a day after receiving the camper, the family tested it out with a weekend trip.

Lutzenkirchen’s mother, Debora Pommerville, said he was very excited to pick up the camper.

“We were trying to surprise him, so I think it worked because he was very excited when we got there,” she said.

In past years, Lutzenkirchen has gone to a family campground for kids with epilepsy, a camp the family learned about through the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan.

“It’s a medical camp with doctors and nurses on staff,” Pommerville said. “Some of the other parents said Christopher would be eligible for a Make-A-Wish wish, so that started the whole process.”

Once Lutzenkirchen qualified for a wish to be granted, workers from Make-A-Wish Michigan visited the family to get a feel for what Lutzenkirchen would like.

“He said he wanted a camper and they said they thought it was something they could do,” Pommerville said.

For the wish to be granted when it did, amid a pandemic, Pommerville said that when school’s closed, she thought it would only be for a couple weeks, but when all his medical appointments came to a screeching halt, the family feared they wouldn’t be able to go anywhere.

“This opens it up so we can go and travel, be safe and not come in contact with too many other people,” she said.     

Make-A-Wish Michigan continues to grant the wishes that are safe to do so this summer with the support of our generous Michigan community.

Since 1984, the nonprofit corporation has granted more than 10,000 wishes to Michigan children with critical illnesses, providing transformational experiences that last a lifetime.

Make-A-Wish Michigan Vice President of Marketing & Brand Advancement Sherri Collins said it’s always uplifting and inspiring to see wishes come true.

“Our wish kids are so brave and courageous and have to go through so much as they battle their critical illness,” Collins said. “It’s great to know it’s something that’s not just for the moment, but will stay with them a lifetime.”

She added that its volunteers play a key role by going to homes, meeting with families and exploring different ideas that the wish child has.

Now more than ever during the pandemic, Collins said hope is essential for wish families.

“The isolation and anxiety many of us are feeling, our families face that year-round,” she said. “The timing was perfect and we’re so happy we were able to grant this wish.”

Due to COVID-19, over 200 travel-related wishes have been delayed and will resume when it is deemed safe. 

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