PROSPECT PARK, BROOKLYN – Francesca Kaczynski, a 9-month-old baby who tragically died of childhood brain cancer in December, now has her own bench in Prospect Park.
The first bench at Prospect Park West near Grand Army Plaza was restored this week and features a plaque in honor of the girl, affectionately named Beans by her parents, CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski and Wall Street Journal reporter Rachel Louise Ensign.
“We love all the flowers of spring and all the leaves of autumn,” the plaque says.
The sofa – set up by the couple’s friends with the help of the Prospect Park Alliance – will soon be joined by a magnolia tree in memory of Francesca and another sofa the couple plans to purchase near the playground to dedicate to all kids fighting cancer, Kaczynski. Patch said.
The additions to Brooklyn’s Backyard come several months after Francesca, diagnosed with an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor, died on Christmas Eve.
Her parents shared her story, raising more than $ 600,000 for #TeamBeans in the months since to raise awareness and fight childhood cancer.
“We have received so many incredible statements of support from total strangers that we will always cherish. And yet, as a society, we have failed to pool our best resources,” Kaczynski wrote in a piece for the Washington Post in February. Let’s get started now. We have no time to waste. ‘