Life is anything but normal for four-year-old Aspen Peterson-Armengol, diagnosed with Embryonal RMS, an aggressive form of childhood cancer.
Being immunocompromised, Aspen isn’t able to play on public playgrounds, something that Eric Newman, the CEO of the Roc Solid Foundation and a childhood cancer survivor himself, is all too familiar with.
“Play is a gift to the imagination. Play is something that no child should ever miss out on,” Newman told Action News Jax. “You and I choose to lose out on play. But kids diagnosed with cancer, they don’t have that choice.”
Now, the Roc Solid Foundation, along with volunteers from the Jacksonville community, have brought the playground to Aspen, building her a playset that will hopefully bring her one step closer to a normal childhood.
“The playset provides a sense of normalcy for this family …