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Mum rallies the community to create something truly special after her son's death

While enjoying time with her two sons in a playground in 1994, Amy Jaffe Barzach noticed a young girl in a wheelchair. 

This young girl was upset that she couldn't play, and the image stayed with Amy for years – even after her nine-month-old son Jonathan passed away. 

Jonathan was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in 1994 – a degenerative neuromuscular disease; he tragically passed away in 1995. 

Amy wanted a way to honour her son, so, with the image of the girl in her mind, she decided to create a wheelchair-friendly playground. 

And with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers, Jonathan's Dream was born. 

20 years after it was created, the playground was pulled down due to safety concerns following years of use.

However, Amy wanted to rebuild for another generation of kids so a GoFundMe page was set up. 

And in 2017, Jonathan's Dream Reimagined was opened.  

Jonathan's memory once again lives on in an inclusive, accessible playground, where children can grow and play. 

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