Native New Yorkers Catherine Curry-Williams and Scott Williams founded Shane's Inspiration in 1998 as a tribute to their son, who died from Spinal Muscular Atrophy two weeks after he was born. The charity builds playgrounds that are fully accessible to disabled children. So far, it has built more than 60 playgrounds around the world, most of them in the United States.
"Shane's Inspiration" is one of the great charities CSA members and staff can support this holiday season.
"Having the kindred spirits of CSA on our side means the goal of inclusion for kids with disabilities takes a giant leap forward," said Mr. Williams, a producer of hit television shows, including "NYPD Blue," "Third Watch," "Crossing Jordan," "Bones," "Castle" and CBS' top-rated "NCIS." "We can't thank CSA enough for your support of Shane's Inspiration. Since building our first inclusive playground in memory of our son in 2000, we never imagined that we'd one day have sixty-nine (and counting) completed, while bringing programs that teach tolerance and compassion to kids throughout the country.
"We're currently in talks to build a playground in Brooklyn, while our long-term dream is to have inclusive playgrounds and programs within minutes of every child, of every ability, in the Tri-State area. On behalf of everyone at Shane's Inspiration, thank you from the bottom of our hearts to CSA. And thanks also for your on-going commitment as educators and administrators to building a better world, one child (of every ability) at a time."
Other charities that will receive CSA support include Rett Syndrome Research Trust, The Alzheimer's Association, The March of Dimes, The Fresh Air Fund, Make-A-Wish, and City Harvest.
Contributions to Shane's Inspiration and the other charities can be sent to Tami Tully at CSA headquarters, 40 Rector St., New York, NY 10006-1729 until Jan. 12.