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Bride Gives Wedding Money to Support Accesible Playground in Cedar Falls

When Amanda Weichers learned that her son Beau was born with a congenital brain abnormality, she knew her family needed some help, but she also realized that lots of families in the same situation need help, too. That’s when the non-profit Beau’s Beautiful Blessingswas born.

The organization is now the driving force behind a new accesible playground slated to be open to the public by fall in Cedar Falls.

The new park will cost $1 million to build, and there has been an incredible outpouring of community support and lots of hard work that's gone into raising money to make the dream a reality. 

Weichers says that $10,000 of the funds were raised through popcan redepmtion alone. 

During this Talk of Iowa conversation, host Charity Nebbe talks with Weichers and Kelsey Johnson, who has been Beau's babysitter for the last few years. 

Johnson and her husband donated all the money from their wedding to the park fund. Johnson and Beau are pictured above at her ceremony that took place over the summer. 

Lindsey Moon served as IPR's Senior Digital Producer - Music and the Executive Producer of IPR Studio One's All Access program. Moon started as a talk show producer with Iowa Public Radio in May of 2014. She came to IPR by way of Illinois Public Media, an NPR/PBS dual licensee in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and Wisconsin Public Radio, where she worked as a producer and a general assignment reporter.
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa