Healing Hearts
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It goes without saying that the experience of serving on the jury for this trial would be life changing. Focusing on something positive by giving back and raising money money for the 7/20 memorial is the definition of resilience.

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow"~ Audrey  Hepburn

Please help our garden grow!

The 7/20 memorial foundation is composed of family of victims, survivors, and others directly impacted by the tragedy of July 20th, 2012. We have been raising money to build a memorial that will honor those whose lives were lost or changed forever as a result of the tragic events of July 20th 2012. Together with the city of Aurora, the foundation is creating a space where the community and those impacted by tragedy can go to reflect and remember their loved ones, gather strength and feel peace and hope. Our focus is adding to the unique and special features of the garden with benches and artwork. The garden will be an expansion to the Municipal Center Water-wise Garden located at East Alameda Parkway and Chambers Road. We also strive to be an inspiration of strength and resilience to others who have been impacted by not only mass violence, but any personal tragedy. Once the memorial is in place, we hope to find a way to pay the love forward that has been so generously given to us.

We could not have survived the journey without the outpouring of love, kindness and generosity that were sent after that tragic night that took the lives of Jonathon Blunk, age 26; Alexander "AJ" Boik, age 18; Jesse Childress, age 29; Gordon Cowden, age 51; Jessica Ghawi, age 24; John Larimer, age 27; Matt McQuinn, age 27; Micayla Medek, age 23; Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age 6 and her unborn sibling; Alex Sullivan, age 27; Alexander Teves, age 24; and Rebecca Wingo, age 32.

In 2012, A makeshift memorial was set up across from the theater and many people visited to reflect and remember. The space would only be available temporarily because of planned construction in the area, and the need for a permanent memorial became important to pursue.Makeshift Memorial

 It was a rough 3 years waiting for the trial to begin, but once it did, we again received emotional support from everywhere. "Love To Aurora" launched a facebook and twitter campaign in a show of support. Even with the support, it was difficult to focus on planning and raising money for the memorial. Once the trial was behind us we were able to move forward and focus on something positive, a memorial that will honor not only loved ones lost, but also the strength of the survivors, heroes, the community and everyone who was impacted by the tragedy. 

Thanks to all of your generous donations, our foundation announced at the 2nd Annual 5k and Beerfest in August of 2017, that the artist, Douwe Blumberg of Douwe Studios, was chosen to create the memorial. He was inspired by the "1000 Cranes for Aurora" sent by someone who sat in a Starbucks and asked patrons to write notes of encouragement and fold a crane to send to us.

1000 Cranes for Aurora
Douwe created "Ascentiate." There are 83 cranes representing the 70 who were injured and the 13 lives lost. The 13 clear cranes in the center of this piece will be clear to honor the lives lost. His piece will also represent the Community and all affected as each of the cranes that will contain a canister to be filled by loved one's families and the community. 
You will recognize Douwe’s work, as Art in Public Places - Aurora, Colorado has 3 pieces in our collection: Highline Times at the RTD 2nd & Abilene R-Line Station (2016), Steel Stampede at Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch (2009), and Birds of Aurora in the Side Creek Park (2009).
More info and pictures are within this linked The Denver Post article: 
 http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/26/aurora-theater-shooting-memorial-douwe-blumberg/

 

 

Ascentiate rendering Douwe Blumberg

We continue to raise funds so that we may bring families who do not live in Aurora to the dedication of the memorial in May of 2018, as well as continue to pay it forward by reaching out to other communities who may experience mass tragedy.

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