July 30, 2009

Follow Alex's progress as he builds a playground in Russia

Alex Griffith, 15, has just arrived in Russia and is preparing to build a playground at the children's hospital where he used to live.

We wrote about his story back in March and he was a Playmaker of the Month earlier this year as well. Here's a snippet from the original blog post:

"If you ever doubt you can make your playground dreams come true...a 15-year-old is well on his way to getting a playground built at a children's hospital in Krasnoyarsk, a city in the Siberian region of Russia.

"Alex Griffith of Forest Hill, Md. spent the first year of his life in that hospital. Recently, he read a journal that his father had written detailing their experience while traveling to Russia to adopt him in 1994. The journal mentioned a playground at Hospital #20 in a state of utter disrepair. The playground had one rusty swing with a rotten wooden seat, a sandbox mostly covered in dirt and mud, and a small gazebo with a picnic table. Alex thought the playground was unsafe and decided he wanted to build a new playground so that the children of Krasnoyarsk could have a safe, fun place to play."

You can follow his journey on his website and give him a shout-out on his profile page.

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