November 29, 2006
A brand new park is serving as a memorial for a young girl who died from a brain tumor. It started as a small fundraiser but soon grabbed the hearts of many.
As Margaret Anne Newsome watches the construction at McKey Park she can't help but to remember her little girl who loved to swing.
Margaret Anne Newsome said, "We had a birthday party here at McKey Park and she loved to come to the park and play, and she always wanted to swing."
Victoria Newsome was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor. She passed away in November of last year at the age of eight, but even during her sickness she always tried to get out and play.
Newsome said, "When I came the last day to bring her to play at the park, the swings were gone and she was really disappointed."
That's when a local fraternity stepped in, raising money to buy new swings in Victoria's honor.
Zach Dykes said, "It's amazing. I mean, to see happiness on peoples faces and just to help out in the community."
Along with the new swings came a whole new park.
"In a few days this will be the largest playground on a city park."
In Valdosta it’s costing about $125,000.
Victoria's family and friends are glad to see their fundraising had a domino effect.
Newsome said, "I think she would want to come play. I think she would be real proud and excited."
The new park will also include climbing walls, several slides and a rubberized play surface.