We have lived two blocks down from Youth Park for 20 years. We were raised in that house and Julian grew up in that house.
This project would mean the world to us and it would mean even more to Julian.
Julian absolutely loved going to the park. He went to Youth Park almost every weekend with his cousins, his mom, his dad and his little sister. He loved walking there, riding his bike or driving his awesome little Camaro and he would sometimes take a quick ride in the car to get there. All of the neighborhood kids loved playing with him when they seen him, he was the most popular 5 year old. He was so full of energy. Always wanted to run and play. The park is now so quiet without him, it just isn't the same. That WAS Julian's park.
After Julian passed away, His dad wanted to do something in his honor and something BIG! Something Julian would be so very proud of. He decided he wanted to have a life size statue put in of Julian at his favorite park so whenever parents and their kids walked through, they would see and remember him for the rest of their lives. We all thought this was the perfect idea so we had to so something.
On October 2012, just a month after Julian passed away we spoke to a well known medium Joseph LoBrutto. We had a wonderful reading with him and before the reading started we were all asked to write down a few questions we had, we then folded the paper and put it in the middle of the living room, Joseph did not get a chance to see them. He started talking about Julian and that Julian was mentioning a statue in a park or backyard and we knew right away that he was talking about what his dad wanted to do for him. Once the reading was over, Joseph went through the folded papers and one of Julian's dads questions to him was "Is there anything you want me to do for you"? And he had the statue in mind as he wrote that. Well, Julian answered that question, He would love to see a statue done in his honor. We all couldn't believe it. We know how much Julian would love that and how "cool" he would think it was. He always told us he was going to be famous and everyone was going to know who he was, we did NOT think it would be because of this reason and it breaks our heart to know that he is no longer with us physically but if we can get this done for him and keep him and his beautiful memory alive forever, that's exactly what we will do.
This statue represents so much to us. The love and devotion we have for our baby. It's about keeping our beautiful, only sons memory alive. It's very, very painful losing a child and what comes along with that are people forgetting that he was here, that he did exist. That part is so heartbreaking because he meant so much to our family. People do end up forgetting, they move on with their lives while the ones most effected by this live with the hurt forever. This statue is to keep people remembering, to keep him in everyone's hearts and mind so he is never, ever forgotten. He was TOO young to go and TOO special to ever be forgotten.
All of the money donated will go to Julians Statue, If we raise more than we need, we will send a check to the Myocarditis Foundation!
**Please READ Julians story !!**
Everyone needs to know about Myocarditis and that it IS NOT a rare heart condition, it's a heart infection that can affect anyone at anytime! Julian was 100% healthy and he passed away one day after complaining of only a headache!
Links for JULIAN:
Public FB page:
http://www.google.com/search&_rdr" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; text-align: start; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> http://m.facebook.com/
^^That page will have a link to his more personal (closed) group FACEBOOK page ! ^^