A new swing at the Clarence Town Park brings lots of smiles

Posted at 6:32 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 08:59:42-04

When one thinks of a playground, it's hard not to think about flying through the air on a swing. 

Now thanks to the JESS Fund (Jessica's Endowment for Spreading Smiles), people with disabilities are able to swing, while still being seated in their wheelchair at the Clarence Town Park. 

The JESS Fund was created by Glenn & Karen Hopkins as a way for their daughter's legacy to live on. Their daughter, Jessica Hopkins, died five years ago and had Cerebral Palsy. Her smile was infectious and they want to inspire other people to keep smiling. 

"We wanted to have a fund so we would be able to spread smiles," Karen said. "Jessica loved doing things, and being active--are the things that made her smile." 

The Hopkins' family wants to continue to help other people with disabilities be able to experience typical activities that others can do. In just 18 months they were able to fundraise the $2,600 to install the swing. 


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