Backyard Haven is a Chesapeake based non-profit 501c3 group devoted to building aquatic therapy pools and providing landscaping to a Chesapeake family in need of a pool for aquatic therapy. Every spring from March 1st to the end of April, applications are accepted on the website from Chesapeake families, and one family is chosen each year to receive an in-ground pool. The family for 2013 is the Mosley family. Noah Mosley was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 4. Since then, he has been diagnosed with scoliosis and has had rods surgically implanted in his back to help straighten his spine. This last year, Noah, was further diagnosed with an immune deficiency. Even with all these challenges, the Mosley family does everything possible to make Noah comfortable and take him on adventures.
The goal of Backyard Haven is to build one aquatic therapy pool a year for a Chesapeake family in need. The program is geared toward those who serve our country (active or retired), who serve our community (police, fire, rescue), and children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and autism that could not otherwise afford a swimming pool for aquatic therapy.
The 2013 Backyard Haven pool is set to be built on Flag Road in Deep Creek during the first two weeks of November. Chesapeake officials have offered great support, and many thanks are extended to Sherriff Jim O’Sullivan, Chesapeake FOP Lodge #9, Senator John Cosgrove, Mayor Alan Krasnoff, Council member Robert Ike, Commonwealth Attorney Nancy Parr, and many others.
Fundraising for a project of this size requires a year round effort. Backyard Haven is still in need of donations for the November build. To learn more about this project and how you can help a local neighbor, please visit the Facebook page for Backyard Haven or the website at www.BackyardHaven.org where you can read more about this year’s family or donate.
The mailing address for Backyard Haven is: 237 Hanbury Rd. E. Ste. 17-345, Chesapeake, VA 23322. Jessica Coyner may also be reached by phone at 757-652-0101 or email at: BackyardHaven@gmail.com