Aaron's Playground

$57,866 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 248 people in 6 months
Aaron's Playground is an initiative to build a memorial playground in the Twin Cities area. With your help, it will soon become a place where all children can play, laugh, learn, and grow. Please help support us in creating this beautiful tribute to our late son, Aaron.  

"Aaron" refers to Aaron Zachary Markovitz, born August 27th, 2018 to his loving parents Becky and Craig Markovitz. Due to pregnancy complications, Aaron entered the world 11 weeks before his due date at a small but mighty 2 lbs, 3 ounces. Though he was born generally healthy, because Aaron arrived so early, he had extremely premature lungs and needed breathing support. The ventilators saved his life but also damaged his fragile lungs causing bronchopulmonary dysplasia or chronic lung disease. He would live on a ventilator in the NICU for only 7 weeks before he passed away on October 15th, 2018 in the arms of his parents. 

Aaron was a warm, affectionate baby who loved to be held. His eyes were filled with wonder and his head filled with promise. He touched the hearts of everyone he met, including his parents, both sets of grandparents, the NICU nurses and doctors, and the various friends and family who came to visit him in the hospital.

Please join us in raising funds to build a community playground in Aaron's memory.  With your help, Aaron's life and legacy will be a place in our community where children of all ages can find happiness. For more information, see our website at www.aaronsplayground.org.
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We started fundraising in January this year, and as of the beginning of June, we've passed the halfway mark in our goal to raise $100,000 for Aaron's Playground! Thank you all so much for your generous donations, sharing of our story, and general support. It means a lot to us.

We are now focusing our efforts on corporate sponsors to help make our playground a reality. We have great opportunities for advertising at the park and online, so if you know of any businesses looking to partner with a local community organization, please let us know.

Also, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a community picnic and fundraising event on the afternoon of September 15th in Southwest Park in Mahtomedi. More details to come, but be sure to save the date!
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Thank you to all for your generosity and support! Between the funds in the GoFundMe, donations made directly to us, and donations made to our non-profit partner Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation, we've managed to raise $25,000, putting us at 25% of our goal!

We still have a long way to go to make our vision for Aaron's Playground a reality, so please continue to share our story.
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