Bailey Teresa Shifrin was born on May 3, 1997 with Trisomy 18, or “Edward’s Syndrome.” While she was not expected to survive birth, she lived nearly seven years and passed away on March 16, 2004. Her life was truly beautiful and impacted many people. She continues to affect those who knew her, and serves as an example of God’s love. She was unable to speak or walk, but clearly communicated her love for all and her enjoyment of life. In her memory and in her spirit, we have decided to pursue building a fully accessible, ADA compliant playground to be called “Bailey’s Garden.”
The idea for the name came from the small garden in front of our home where Bailey spent many hours with her family. However, the garden concept reaches much further. Throughout her life, Bailey planted many seeds in the hearts of those who knew her (and even some who never met her) that continue to flourish in their lives today. This playground not only represents a place for children to grow and play, but also serves as a reminder that we can all “plant seeds” in the hearts of others and nourish one another no matter what abilities we possess. Bailey’s Garden will not only provide a place where children of all abilities can play with their peers despite physical or cognitive limitations, but also allows all who contribute to touch countless lives; not just those of the children who will use it, but also their families. Speaking from experience, I can tell you that there is no greater joy than seeing your handicapped child accepted by his or her peers as “one of the crowd.” As you peruse our website, please consider this opportunity to make a contribution that will truly have a direct impact on other people’s lives. This project will positively affect others and not only help to carry on Bailey’s legacy but also remind us how we can best serve and love one another. Enjoy!
The Shifrin Family