Tim Brodigan’s childhood best friend was Joey O’Donnell, the Belmont boy who died at just 12 years old of cystic fibrosis, and whose life inspired the entire town to come together to build Joey’s Park in a barn raising in 1989.
More than 20 years later, Brodigan, his wife and three children are the top fundraisers for a new Joey’s Park, according to a press release sent out by Stephanie Leydon of the Friends of Joey’s Park.
The old park has begun falling apart, and Belmont is again turning out for the playground. In October, the community came together in the Walk for Belmont to Benefit Joey’s Park, raising more than $57,000 to put towards a new park.
Brodigan, his wife Linda, and their three children Ryan, Joey and Grace, raised $3,355, according to the release, and won a new iPad courtesy of Belmont Savings Bank as a prize.
“We got donations of five dollars and ten dollars and pretty soon we had a stack of cash,” said Brodigan in the release. “The kids earned the iPad, we’re going to load it up with kids’ apps.”
One thousand people participated in the walkathon, according to the release. The Belmont Savings Bank Foundation gave a $5,000 grant to help establish Belmont Partners in Play, which organized the walk, according to the release.
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