Josephine's Garden - Rogers Family Fundraiser

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Bill Rogers and his daughters, Lindsey and Jacqueline Rogers are running the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, Vermont in support of Josephine's Garden at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.

The Rogers family has been involved with the garden from its inception, and as we push to complete the second phase of construction which is a trellis to provide shade for the children, Mr. Rogers decided with his daughters to run a marathon to help raise a little money.

Your support of the Rogers family effort will go to support Josephine's Garden and provide children with a peaceful outdoor space to help with their healing process.

To support the Rogers family, click the donate here button to the right.

Josephine's Garden

Josephine Rispoli was a vivacious 6-year-old girl who enjoyed the outdoors. An avid swimmer, she loved splashing in the pool and being outside with her family and friends. When Josephine began complaining of headaches, the active lifestyle she knew and loved changed suddenly and radically. One night, a headache was so debilitating that her father rushed her to the hospital where she underwent numerous tests.

During her treatment which required extended hospitalizations, Josephine's environment was restricted by the hospital’s walls. She longed to be outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and just being a little girl.

Although so young, Josephine saw the need to create a magical outdoor escape where pediatric patients wouldn't need special permission to visit with their family members or caregivers. Soon Josephine had her eye on a rooftop space at the Children's Hospital that could be transformed into her dream garden. Josephine worked on the plans with her mother, Heidi.

On July 9, 2012, the day Josephine would have turned 8-years old, Josephine's family and friends gathered to officially unveil Josephine's Garden. Just as she had planned, the area features a wishing fountain, a climbing boulder, warrior pole, chalk board and inspirational artwork. Her mother, Heidi Rispoli, said if her daughter were here today, she would "climb on the boulder and then she'd carve her name in the warrior pole and leave her mark to say 'I fought the fight.'"

To learn more about Josephine's Garden, click here.

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