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9/19/04-Tyler

Park Opening Meaningful For East Texas Family

For many the new Children's Park in Tyler will be much more than just a place of relaxation. For the Browne family of Whitehouse it's an opportunity to keep the memory of their son alive.

It's been more than two years since 12-year-old Zack Browne was killed in a tragic four wheeler accident near his family's home in Whithouse.  For father Tim, the memory of that day is still fresh on his mind.

"I happened to be home that day and my daughter came in and said Zack is getting on a 4 wheeler and I said wait one minute and I'll be out there and by the time we got out there it was too late."

After Zack's four wheeler flipped, emergency crews rushed him to the hospital, but he never woke up.

"It's been the toughest 2 1/2 years of my life," said Tim. "I've had a hard time dealing with it, but we're making it."

Searching for answers, the Brownes found them through faith and family. Learning of the Children's Park, they knew it was the perfect way to keep their son's memory alive.

"I had heard about it and I didn't know it was all coming together so quick because it was just last week and (Marti Krutza) told me I could do a stone and I told her that day that I wanted it," said Kay Browne.

Zack's name is included with dozens of others at the park, carved in stone, their memory will live on.

"It's bittersweet," said Kay.  "It's happy to see it and know that will be a memory of Zack forever but it's sad at the same time to know why it's there."

A beautiful symbol, the park also serves as a reminder to families that their children will never be forgotten.

If you would like to include your child's name at the park there are still many opportunities. You can contact the "Children Are a Gift Foundation" at 903-939-1597 for more information. Or click on the link below to go to their website.

Children Are a Gift Foundation

Chris Gibson, reporting
cgibson@kltv.com

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