Hannah was born March 25, 2004. Hours after her birth, she was on her way to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital in St. Louis and her medical journey began. Ultimately, Hannah was diagnosed with epilepsy, global developmental delays, and cerebral palsy that significantly limited her ability to do most things we take for granted...like walking, talking, singing and playing. But love, creativity, and support kept Hannah connected to her family and community.
Hannah loved to watch her sister, Morgan, play with puppets and blow bubbles. She liked music, falling asleep every night to the music from her toy seahorse. A special swing allowed Hannah to be outside and enjoy swinging along with her sister. She reminded us to appreciate the gifts life offers and taught us how to care for each other.
Hannah died January 8, 2012. Instead of wishing for her to rest in peace, her family and friends quickly started to remember her by saying R-A-P...Run And Play.
Many children are limited by their bodies, but every child and every family should experience the joy of play. Hannah's Playground will provide this opportunity to children, regardless of their challenges and limitations.
Unlimited Play’s Hannah's Playground won't enable every child to run, but your support will enable each of our community's children to play. What better way to honor the life of a little girl that touched many lives and said so much without saying a word. RAP, Hannah.
“Where limitations are forgotten and differences are celebrated.”
- 5370 sq. ft. of fun barnyard/animal themed area accessible to children and caregivers of all abilities; fenced around to provide the utmost safety.
- Safe, spongy surfacing that ensures mobility for children/adults in wheelchairs and walkers and for those who experience difficulty on uneven surfacing.
- Ramping systems from the bottom to the top of every play element, transfer stations, specialized seating, hand-holds, and climbing systems slanted to assist children’s climb and reach.
- Swings including adaptive swings (high backs) for children with low muscle tone and toddler swings.
- Stainless steel slides to enable children with Cochlear ear implants to enjoy the experience of sliding (plastic slides shorten out hearing devices)
- Sensory rich environment including musical elements.
- Play elements that promote parallel play; creating opportunities for children to play together.
- Adequate shading, especially for children who have difficulty regulating their bodily temperature.
- Numerous interactive panels fostering cognitive development designed to spark children’s imagination.