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  • Bench in county park will memorialize baby

    Aug 23, 2017 | Read More News
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    A life ended much too soon will be memorialized at a Pima County park, thanks to a fundraising campaign organized by a Tucson mother.

    Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR) staff installed the bench honoring Wyllow Brewer Aug. 23 at Children’s Memorial Park, 4875 N. 15th Place along the Rillito River Park section of The Loop.Baby Wyllow bench

    Baby Wyllow died Feb. 19. Her mother and three others have been arrested in connection with the 6-month-old’s death.

    Tucsonan Rose Silvestre launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise the $1,200 needed to create and install a concrete bench to be placed at the park dedicated to children in the community who have died. With average donations of $10-$20, donors raised the needed funds in four days.

    Silvestre is inviting the public to a “bench reveal” on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. near Ramada 1 (near the playground and restrooms). Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or snacks.

    “We are honoring Wyllow Brewer because we feel that she deserves to finally be heard,” Silvestre said. “She is another innocent child whose voice was silenced. The Tucson community and many other people around the world, are her voice now. She will never be forgotten. We love you, Baby Wyllow!”

    Valerie Samoy is an NRPR senior special staff assistant who assisted Silvestre and has worked with other donors seeking ways to memorialize loved ones. “It’s fitting to have this bench in this park which honors the very young members of our community whom we have lost,” Samoy said. “We’re pleased that we can provide an opportunity for individuals to remember family and friends in a tangible way that benefits the entire community.”

    NRPR partners with Parklands Foundation to give residents and park users the opportunity to purchase and donate a park bench in remembrance of friends and family. So far, about 30 memorial benches in our urban parks, trailheads, Mt. Lemmon and along The Loop.

    To learn more, visit the NRPR website and click on the “Memorial Benches” tab.

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