he lives of many parents with special needs children are marked by dividing and conquering.

One parents stays home while the other goes out. One parent is focused on the child while the other cooks or cleans or works. One parent here, the other there. Split focus.

Life becomes separate, a little isolating — sometimes even when you’re together.

So when Maria La France was applying for a wish from Make-A-Wish Iowa for her son, Quincy Hostager, whose rare genetic epilepsy syndrome renders him nonverbal and mostly immobile, she wanted something that would put her whole family side by side.

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