Sophie & Madigan’s Playground

In 2013 our family was struck with an unthinkable tragedy when our home caught fire and we lost our beautiful daughters Sophie & Madigan. Sophie & Madigan’s Playground was formed to keep the girls memory alive through our Play Learn Create programs and the development of a public memorial park.

Tomorrow is never promised

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short…” ~ Sandy Dahl wife of flight 93 pilot, Jason Dahl The terrorist attacks of 9.11 left countless families grieving, for their loved ones, for homes, pets, and belongings, grieving for their sense of security, health and their sense of self. When …

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First Day of School

The kids are headed back to school today. Bittersweet excitement for another year with these three goof balls, while missing two more. Morgan is entering the last year of Middle School, Sophie should be starting 7th grade, Madigan 3rd, Sadie is in 1st and Mason prek4. It’s hard to think of who Sophie and Madigan …

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One step closer!

Tonight the City of Frederick Mayor and Board of Alderman unanimously approved the legal document that will take our vision for Sophie & Madigan Lillard Memorial Playground into reality. We officially are moving forward! We have a home! So many people to be thankful for including all of you who have followed us this far! …

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Peace Garden Rededication for Sophie and Madigan

In 2012 Sophie, Madigan, and Morgan were Accepted to Carroll Creek Montessori School through their lottery process. We were so excited for the opportunity- we work hard to help get the school opened. Sophie and Morgan worked with their grandmother building shelves Madigan, Sadie and I worked in child care so other parents could volunteer. …

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SaMP Kids Compassionate Kids Club – End of Year Party

Today we enjoyed our end of the year party by letting the kids run and play at the park! We gave out Community Service Awards (if your kiddo didn’t make it out today make sure you contact Chrissi to get their award) for all the hard work they put in this year! We are so …

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SaMP Kids Compassionate Kids Club – Sophie & Madigan’s Peace Garden

Last Monday we had the pleasure of joining the Girl Scouts of Carroll Creek Montessori in sprucing up the Peace Garden that was dedicated to Sophie after she passed away. The kids really loved all of the hands on work of planting digging and painting rocks. We appreciate the Girl Scouts for including us in …

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We are so close! SaMP Park Project

Recently we met with the City of Frederick Parks and Rec Commission. The purpose of the meeting was to go over the legal documents (MOU) that will dictate who is responsible for what in regards to the Sophie and Madigan’s Playground Park Project at West Side Regional Park near Butterfly Lane. We’ve been working the …

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Celebrate PLAY

        Yesterday we hosted our 2nd Celebrate PLAY event at Children’s National Medical Center. We handed out over 300 free superhero SaMP capes and gave countless kids/parents in the hospital a chance to leave all the hurts and worries behind to PLAY and create memories together. This year were were fortunate enough …

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