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"Adam's Project" aims to construct all-access playground

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By Cheryl Lasseter - bio | email

RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - Nothing like a visit from the Easter Bunny to cheer up the crowd at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland Saturday. Children hunted for eggs with their parents, and enjoyed a day with their friends, never knowing they were helping contribute to a good cause.

Judy Lindsey, CEO of Beyond Therapy Pediatric Group in Ridgeland, is the organizer.

"This event was to allow children of all ages and all abilities to be able to join the fun, raise money for Adam's Project," Lindsey says.

8-year-old Adam Malone is the guest of honor. "We're selling lemonade and stuff, doing lots of stuff that's fun," he says.  Malone has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which causes his muscles to gradually get weaker instead of stronger.

Adam's Project aims to put an all-access playground in the park. 

"This park will have ramps instead of the stairs, but there will also be stairs for the other kids too," says Drew Malone, Adam's dad. "This is not gonna be just a handicapped park."

Right now, Adam can still enjoy a standard playground.  "Where it becomes a problem is climbing, dealing with steps, things that require you to use leg muscles," Drew says.

The playground will cost $300,000.  Right now the Malones have $8,000. "This is our first fundraiser. We hope to (break ground) by the end of the year," Drew says.

If you'd like to contribute or to learn more about Adam's Project, call 601-707-7085.

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