On Saturday, September 28, 2013, High School Principal Richard Marchini worked with students from the Robotics Club on an exciting project through a local organization called Designing 4 Hope. Although the volunteers did not know him prior to arriving for work on Saturday, they were excited to meet 8 year-old Branden, who attends East Coventry Elementary in the Owen J. Roberts School District. Branden was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in April 2012, and will be receiving chemotherapy treatments every day until April of 2014.
Photos courtesy of Stephanie Adrian
Designing4Hope has a dedicated core team (www.designing4hope.org) and an amazing volunteer base which works to design and renovate rooms that provide critically ill children with a special place to rest, recover, heal and dream. The organization works to help young patients forget about hospitals, treatments and needles for just a little while.
Tri-County Area Federal Credit Union funded the work to Branden’s Spring City home, which turned out to be broader in scope than just his Halo-game-themed bedroom. The project also included work on a room where he could unwind and play the drums. When Dr. Marchini learned that Designing4Hope wanted to refurbish an outdoor patio as well, he knew he could put his skills to work to make it happen and a group of students quickly volunteered to lend a hand. Dr. Marchini's family along with Mr. Fogwell and several students from the Robotics team for which he leads, pitched in to create the outdoor space.
Students dismantled the existing patio, power-washed all the pavers and replaced them and finished the area with sand. Robotics club members designed the brick laying scheme, which allows for proper water drainage and level surface. The finished patio (pictured above) will give the family bonus space to find some peace in the outdoors, which they all enjoy.