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Arc of the Piedmont

Organized by Kara McClurken
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Bayside 100% Cotton USA Long Sleeve T-shirt

Support Bennett's Village!

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All funds raised will be paid directly to Arc of the Piedmont for Bennett’s Village.
$560 raised
44 items sold of
100 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
$25
Bayside 100% Cotton USA Long Sleeve T-shirt, Unisex - Black
Bayside 100% Cotton USA Long Sleeve T-shirt
Unisex - Black
  • Arc of the Piedmont Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • Arc of the Piedmont Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • Arc of the Piedmont Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • Arc of the Piedmont Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • Arc of the Piedmont Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • Arc of the Piedmont Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
Organized by Kara McClurken

About this campaign

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, the world lost some of its light. Five year old Bennett McClurken-Gibney died in Charlottesville, Virginia, held by his mommy and daddy who loved him with all their hearts. Bennett was a lover of Pokemon, Voltron, My Little Pony, and all things cute and fluffy, especially “Lucas the Spider”. He had an amazing rock collection and spent endless hours sorting them–he knew every single one by its color, shape, and size. He loved pushing Fall leaves with his wheelchair and racing down the halls of his school, Johnson Elementary. He adored his big sister as they shared snuggles, disco bath parties, racing, riddles, and Legos. He had an amazing capacity for joy (and mischief) that was infectious and far exceeded the limits of his body. Against all odds, he led a full, joyous, active life. As Bennett turned one, he was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type I, a genetic disorder that causes muscular weakness. At the time of his diagnosis, few children with SMA type 1 survived past the age of two. With the loving care of his family, friends, and medical team, he was able to sing and laugh, raise his hand, race in his wheelchair, hug and snuggle and fill a room with smiles and joy. Bennett brought light and laughter to all who knew him. He blew through pre-conceived notions of disability with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was a shameless flirt, a caring friend, and an example of the amazing things people can be. Bennett made the world and all who knew him better by his boundless light.

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Bennett also LOVED to PLAY. His power wheelchair gave him amazing independence. But local parks and playgrounds are not designed to allow folks in wheelchairs to easily play side-by-side with their peers. The closest park that was designed to include kids in wheelchairs is the ARC Park in Richmond, an all-abilities playground, where he could “run” around just like all the other kids. No part of that park was off limits to him or his wheelchair. We would like to create a similar park in Charlottesville in which kids, parents, and people of all abilities can gather, play, and laugh. This is a massive undertaking that will take all of us. It took a village to care for Bennett, and it will take a village to build this playground. Proceeds from this fundraiser will help us realize our dream.

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Supporters

Anonymous 1 item
Patrick Dwiggins 2 items
Anonymous 1 item
Megen McClurken 1 item
Anonymous 1 item

Because I've never had to worry about having a place to play. Nobody should have to.

Aun and Saranya Singapore 2 items + $25
Anonymous 10 items

Charlottesville should have a place where adults and children of all abilities can play side by side.

Anonymous 2 items
Anonymous 2 items
Anonymous 1 item

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