A Tribute To Reece Modzelewski
As you might imagine, the insurmoutable grief, hysteria, and the responsibility for decisions that I pray no one should ever have to make are a stark and painful reality for Reece's parents. There is simply never a way to understand or to grasp a parent losing their child; to imagine the sea of their grief and helplessness is impossible. We, as their friends, are committed to providing some ray of hope for them, which we believe could somehow be provided by creating something beautiful out of something absolutely tragic.
Mark, Nicole, and Reece are residents of Carteret, New Jersey. As such, we are working in conjuction with the local municipal authorities there in order to purchase a bench at Chrome Park or Carteret Waterfront Park, as well as to have a tree planted at Chrome Park or Carteret Waterfront Park, both in Reece's honor. It is our hope that as the years pass and the seasons change, during which Reece's Tree will grow, bloom, and provide shade and shelter, while forever remaining a symbol of the gift of life...Reece's life. Additionally, the bench, on its four legs, symbolizes a place of relief, reflection, and contemplation, while also showcasing a strong sense of structure, stability, and grounding. Although we are unable to bring peace to Mark and Nicole, we hope that this strong bench will forever be a reminder to them of their strength, as well as a reflection of our support for them and their son, Reece.
I am unable to provide a specific amount of the costs associated with this endeavor, as details are still being worked out with the local municipality, but I will certainly post more specific monetary details as they become available. I have currently listed $1,500 as the campaign goal in order to be modest and safe, all at the same time. The planting and dedication of the tree, as well as the dedication of the bench, will be conducted in a dedication service on site, followed by a luncheon in support of Mark and Nicole.
**I would like to note that there is currently another amazing GoFundMe campaign underway for Reece's parents to assist them with their expenses as they endure this horrible tragedy. Our campaign, however, is focused solely on a creating a way to honor Reece by planting new life and watching it grow (tree), while also creating a place for reflection in permanent existence in honor of sweet Reece (bench). If additional funds are available beyond the expenses of the tree and bench, then surely those funds will be given directly to Mark and Nicole.**
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We are adding a swing set to this campaign in honor of Reece!!
I apologize with sorrow coming from my heart for your Beautiful Angel that is now on Our Precious Fathers lap.He needed him more then what this world did.He needed your Gorgeous Baby Boy to Brighten up Heaven more then what it already is.He needed your Baby to make Heaven even more fun,joyous, loving & happier right along with all the I there Beautiful Baby Angels that were taken from their loved ones way too soon.Look at it in a positive way :Right now,we are living in a very cold,cruel world.Ppl can't even walk down the street without something bad happening to them.At last you have no worries of ever having to get a call that other parents get.I know this is not making it any better for you and your family.But just know,Your baby is at peace,with no pain and he's as happy as he can ever be running on the streets of Gold and through the Beautiful Golden gates .I just know he looks $o Adorable with his pearly white Angel wings....God Bless yall.I have no money at all to donate but I will most definitely keep you all in my prayers. Baby Reece is smiling down at yall,whispering (hoping y'all can hear him) that he's okay,he lives you both & can't wait for the day to come so you all can reunite.