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Shacknai gift helps Phoenix YMCA open kids center

Dina Shacknai (Source: CBS 5 News) Dina Shacknai (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Valley mother whose 6-year-old son died at his father's California mansion last year has honored his memory by helping the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA in Phoenix to complete its Amazing Kids Center.

Dina Shacknai's son, Max, died after a fall from the second floor of his father's mansion on Coronado Island, near San Diego.

The San Diego County medical examiner ruled the boy's death accidental. Shacknai doesn't believe it.

The Amazing Kids Center, located in the downtown branch, provides day care and a learning environment for children while their parents work or workout.

Shacknai's donation will allow the branch to complete the area with furnishings, toys and other essential items.

"Maxie had such a giving spirit and enjoyed playing and being around other children," Shacknai said. "I know he'd be happy that we are helping out so many children and families in the Phoenix area."

In July of 2012, one year after Max's death, Shacknai announced the formation of Maxie's H.O.U.S.E. - a non-profit foundation. It is focused on preventative safety measures and protective solutions which specifically benefit shared custody households, commonly referred to as "blended" families.

Also launched in Max's honor, Maxie's H.O.U.S.E. is intended to be a lifeline for parents who might otherwise not have the knowledge or resources to successfully navigate existing related social and/or legal systems in order to protect their children.

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