Featured Fund: The Emmalyn Way Fund

Published: October 6, 2023 by Johnson County Community Foundation

The Emmalyn Way Fund was established in 2023 in honor and memory of Emmalyn Jane Collins, by her parents Jacob and Loren Collins, to create inclusive and accessible play spaces for all children in Johnson County.

Emmalyn Jane Collins was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 9-months-old but was never defined by her disability.

“Emmalyn came into this world in a burst of fire and spirit and she kept both until her very last day on June 28, 2023. She leaves behind a devoted family and community committed to honoring her life by improving the lives of others,” said Jacob.

This message of Emmalyn’s legacy will be carried on by the fund at JCCF with intent to create inclusive playgrounds and accessible spaces where all children can experience the joy of play. The Collins’ hope is that future playgrounds will be not only inclusive in name, but in practice as a true testament to how each child shapes our community. The goal with this fund is to start with the re-construction of Northwood Elementary playgrounds, then move on to other Franklin Community School Corporation Elementary Schools.

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Emmalyn Collins

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