Memorial Walk to Benefit the imPossible Dream

COVENTRY, RI – When her 18 year old granddaughter was killed in a violent automobile accident on her way home to Rhode Island from a Florida college, Noreen Bourassa knew she had to do something to perpetuate both the energy and memory of the lively girl known as Samantha Lynn O’Gara.

Samantha had graduated from Tollgate High School in Warwick barely two years ago and was studying early childhood education in Florida. Her love and her cause had always been children, and Samantha was therefore drawn to The imPossible Dream playground on Centerville Road, a place where all children could play freely without reprisal or barriers due to their lack of abilities. Samantha had volunteered at the venue whenever she was asked or needed as she both enjoyed helping the children who loved being there with her.

On May 18th Noreen Bourassa is holding a 5k walk, to honor Samantha, and the cause in which she believed. The 3.1 mile walk will begin and end at Coventry High School and is open to walkers of all ages and abilities. All proceeds will be donated to the imPossible Dream. Noreen hopes that enough money is raised this year to purchase a new piece of playground equipment in Samantha’s name, “but whatever we raise it’ll go to the playground. We hope to do this walk every year. It’s in Samantha’s name, but it’s not because she died. It’s because she lived and the imPossible Dream made her and so many children happy.”

Those wishing further information or to register for the event: www.samanthalynn.org

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