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Local Park Given New Life in Memory of Cancer Victim

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COWICHE, Wash. -- Volunteers begin the first steps of renovating the Cowiche Youth Park in memory of a local woman who died of breast cancer.

Sarah Casey who was only 27-years-old when she died on May 16th.

In her last months, she often talked with her friend Amanda Shipman about things in life she'd never got to do.

One of those things was to have children. That's when Amanda decided to honor Sarah by bringing new life to this children's park in Cowiche.

Today they began with a garden full of Sarah's favorite flowers. The next step is to build a new children's play area.

"We just want it to look better and keep it growing so that way there is a small area out here to go to," said Shipman. "She would be smiling and happy to know because of her there's something being done."

They've had some problems with vandals at the park in the past, and they're hoping if people know the meaning behind the park they won't vandalize it.

If you'd like to donate money or volunteer to help on future renovations contact Amanda Shipman at chefshipman@yahoo.com.