BaileyBailey 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 were able to complete a fully accessible, ADA compliant playground at Lebanon Elementary School in July 2015, called “Bailey’s Garden.” Pursuant to the completion of this project, we established the Bailey’s Garden Foundation in order to continue to assist those with disabilities through providing grant funding in order to help them obtain the equipment and services needed to live full, productive lives.

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. Not only does the playground provide a place where children of all abilities can play with their peers despite physical, cognitive, or emotional limitations, but the Baileys Garden Foundation continues the mission by improving the lives of all people with disabilities. Please consider this opportunity to provide a donation that will truly have a positive impact on the lives of others for years to come. This will also not only help serve to continue Bailey’s legacy, but also to remind us how we can best love and serve one another!

The Shifrin Family