PORTLAND, Ore. - A local mom is hoping to get a different kind of swing installed in the park across the street from their home so her daughter, who has Rett Syndrome, can have fun like everyone else.
Jade Razzano can't really use a normal swing at the playground at Rose City Park in Northeast Portland unless she has a lot of help.
"Imagine the symptoms of autism, Cerebral palsy, Parkinson's, epilepsy and anxiety disorders all in one little girl," her mother, Joey Razzano, said. "In addition to that, my daughter has Scoliosis, Osteoporosis, can't use her hands and can't talk."
Razzano is trying to raise enough money to get a specially designed swing installed at Rose City Park - and she's hoping to accomplish this by the time her daughter's birthday rolls around in June. The swing will cost around $1,000.
"When she gets really anxious or even when she's in pain, when we swing her it activates a part of the brain that either stops her pain or makes her calm down," said Razzano. "She can't tell us what is wrong, but we know when we swing her, it makes it right."
"My big dream would be to have accessible swings at every park in Portland," she added.
You might recall that a similar effort was done at Arbor Lodge Park in North Portland, but on a much larger scale.
The parents of Harper Goldberg spent two years raising money for inclusive playground equipment that would allow their daughter, who has a rare condition called Emanuel Syndrome, to play with the other kids. Their effort was successful and the playground was christened Harper's Playground.