Julia Bitto Playground will be built in Malvern, PA. Julia Lynne “Jules” Bitto, 6, of Malvern, PA went to her forever home on the evening of March 14, 2019 after being diagnosed with DIPG-Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare and aggressive form of pediatric brain cancer. Julia’s personality was larger than life, and she had a smile that could light up a room to go with it. She especially loved performing and took dance classes at Bowman Dance Company and School where her teacher lovingly referred to her as her “front and center girl.” Her playground will be designed in her favorite colors and reflect her likes and personality. The build days will be May 9th and 10th with a ribbon cutting on May 14th. To donate to this cause, venmo @Julias-Playground.
Where Angels Play Foundation and Joey’s Little Angels are partnering to create an all inclusive playground in Hamilton, NJ to celebrate the life of Joseph Thomas Angiolino.
On December 16, 2009, at 7 months of age, Joey was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Hurler’s Syndrome. At 15 months of age, after a tremendous battle, Joey became an angel. We hope to capture Joey’s life in elements of the playground. With some delays due to COVID, we hope to finally make the dream of Joey’s Playground a reality in April of 2022.
For the next year we will be working hard to raise the funds through various events and fundraisers. More details on time and dates will be posted here in the months to come.
Ocean Township, NJ
Mya Lin Terry’s Playground. Mya Lin Terry was a 10 year old 5th grader when she passed away after a 5 and a half year battle with cancer. Mya is a published author and enjoyed being part of the Girl Scout Troup 100, Swimming, Playing Soccer, all things technical like her Iphone, Ipad and Movie Creating, Crafting, Cooking, Gardening and Riding Her Bike. Her playground will be located in her hometown of Ocean Township.
New Haven, CT
The Kathy Carroll Community Playground will be built on the Christian Community Action property in the Newhallville neighborhood of New Haven in memory of Yale University faculty member Dr. Kathleen M. Carroll, PhD, who died unexpectedly after a brief illness. A committed volunteer and huge supporter of homelessness, Kathy took steps to better the lives of underprivileged children at CCA for over 25 years.
Professionally, Kathy is known for her progressive work world-wide making unprecedented strides in reaching the underserved population with access to high quality affordable treatments, a culmination of her years of research and dedication to the problem of addiction. Throughout her career at Yale her work was seen in over 360 publications, including 1 manual translated into 14 languages.
Privately, Kathy was much more than the sum of her professional contributions. Shetouched many with her brilliance, humor and humility. She loved swimming, art history, architectural history, hiking and reading. Her playful side included her fine sense of humor, always loving a good prank.
An all-abilities playground with special emphasis on the visually impaired will be built at Saddlewood Elementary School, Colonie, NY in memory of Charlie Fernandez who LOVED playgrounds.
At age 5, Charlie was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma but that never stopped her from doing anything she wanted to do even when it took her eyesight. Where Angel’s Play Foundation hopes to turn her dream into a reality in the spring of 2023.