The Stoop Family Story


Five years ago our lives were radically changed forever.  Within a span of 10 days we were told that our 2nd child and our unborn baby had Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a rare, degenerative neuromuscular disease.  SMA affects all of the voluntary muscles in the body, most often leaving those with SMA unable to walk, stand, crawl or even sit.  We knew at that moment that wheelchairs were going to be a part of our lives and playing in the park (something we frequently did with our daughter) was sadly going to be an activity of the past.

It is our earnest desire to see a universally accessible playground in the City of Camarillo. We know the need is there…we feel it. We feel it when we have to turn down a playdate due to location or go to a friend’s birthday only to realize we can’t play on any of the equipment. And we aren’t the only ones! Families affected by Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other special needs feel this need also.

An inclusive playground where children of all abilities can play together promotes a culture of acceptance and cooperation; not only among the children, but among the parents and the community at large.  We hope that you would come alongside the Kiwanis Club of Camarillo in accomplishing this noble goal to provide a place where ALL children can PLAY TOGETHER. Thank you.


The Stoop Family

Joe, Jessica, Alicia, JoeJoe and Dominik

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