family's youngest daughter, happy, healthy Sienna Marie, passed away unexpectedly. She was only 16 ½ months old, taken by a syndrome known as Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). When faced with this unimaginable tragedy, Jen, Dan and their daughter Isabella turned to Isabella’s Giraffe Club – the philanthropic arm of Scripps Performing Arts Academy. They attended the Giraffe Club’s bereavement workshop Good Grief to Go, to help with their healing. Just as the giraffes try and stretch to reach new heights, the final session of this workshop inspires families to do the same. The Palkovics decided to take on and lead a community project. Sienna’s PlayGarden is a renovation of the playground at Rolling Hills Park, hosted by Isabella’s Giraffe Club, and teamed with the City of San Diego. Rolling Hills Park was their angel Sienna’s favorite place to play. Now this hub of special memories will be a nature-themed playground that is fun, engaging, safe and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. Dan and Jen look forward to the day Isabella and all of her friends can honor Sienna by enjoying the new park and all it has to offer. Although the 5K Run/Walk fundraiser already took place on Sept. 8, community members can still help the Palkovics reach their goal to fund the new play equipment and landscaping at Rolling Hills Park. By purchasing an engraved paver, you can honor the memory of Sienna Palkovic, and also have a permanent presence of your own at Sienna’s PlayGarden. To support this worthy community project visit their website at www.SiennasPlayGarden.IsabellasGiraffeClub.org to learn more about engraved pavers and other upcoming fundraisers.
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