New park additions will honor cancer patients and survivors

BOISE -- There's a lot of construction going on at Julia Davis park right now. Crews are working on two projects designed to honor cancer patients and survivors.

It's a show of support that means a lot to Trevor Schaefer.

"It really is important when you're going through a diagnosis of cancer to feel normal and to want to fit in," said Schaefer.

Schaefer is determined to raise awareness about childhood cancer. It's a fight he knows all too well.

"I was diagnosed with brain cancer in November of 2002 at the age of 13," he said.

Schaefer is now 24 and cancer free, but he wants to help other families facing a tough diagnosis. That's why he founded the Trevor's Trek Foundation several years ago.

"That grew out of my experience in the hospital seeing so many other children who are battling cancer," Schaefer said.

A new project is finally coming to life in Boise to help fulfill Schaefer's mission. It's called the Children's Cancer Pavilion. It will stand in Julia Davis Park as a reminder of the battle children all around the world are fighting against cancer.

"This gives a place to meditate, to enjoy, to contemplate and just enjoy Julia Davis Park and get that education of cancer survivorship." added Toby Norton, planning manager for Boise Parks & Recreation.

Norton is also overseeing another construction project located right next to the Children's Cancer Pavilion. It's called the R. A. Bloch Cancer Survivor Plaza. He says the two designs fit together perfectly. He hopes the outdoor space will make a difference.

"Cancer touches everyone. I think it would be hard to find somebody who hasn't had somebody they know have to deal with cancer.," said Norton.

Construction for both projects started in July. Schaefer, Norton and everyone involved hopes the space will foster a sense of comfort and understanding for anyone who has been impacted by cancer.

"We wanted to do something to create public awareness for the epidemic of childhood cancer and hopefully help these kids," Schaefer said about the Trevor's Trek project.

The plaza and pavilion are both on schedule to be finished by the end of October.

The R.A. Bloch Cancer Survivor Plaza was made possible by a $1 million dollar grant.

Trevor Schaefer is raising funds for the Children's Cancer Pavilion through the Trevor's Trek Foundation. About $90,000 is needed, and so far about $50,000 has been raised.

If you'd like more information on how to donate, click here.


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