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Holly and her family had just moved to Marin when their eldest child, Ellie, was 15 months old. Holly was newly pregnant with her second child and wanted to find a safe, easy place to take Ellie to play outside. She joined Pixie Park on the recommendation of a neighbor and was hooked. The lovely enclosed playground was a lifesaver because Holly didn't have to worry about Ellie running away or into the street - so much so that even when she was nine months pregnant Holly continued to feel comfortable bringing Ellie there.
Photos care of Julia Zave Photography
When two-year-old Ellie Shamaly was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome last year, her entire family’s focus changed. Sanfilippo Syndrome is a fatal neurological disease in children that is often referred to as “Childhood Alzheimer’s.” Figuring out how to move forward became an urgent concern, as there is currently no FDA-approved treatment or cure for the condition affecting 1 in 70,000 children.