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Christmas Angel to be unveiled at Willsboro Healing Garden

— The Children’s Healing Garden in Willsboro will unveil a “Christmas Angel” in a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 5.

The Christmas Angel, marked as the 174th created, will be displayed for the first time during a 2 p.m. ceremony at the Healing Garden, located in the Willsboro Memorial Cemetery on Essex Road (Route 22).

“We have raised a ton of money to have her here,” said Teresa Sayward, former New York State Assemblywoman and supporter of the garden. “Everyone is really excited for this day to happen. There have been a lot of people that have put a lot of time into this, especially Laurie Provost who has worked very hard on this.”

The Children’s Healing Garden was created at the Memorial Cemetery as a spot where those who had lost a child could go to reflect and associate with others that had been through the same experience.

Sayward, who lost her youngest son Kyle in 2006, said she first got involved with tending the garden while a member of the state Assembly and has been able to help out more since retiring from that post.

“When you think of remembering a child you think of a baby, but Kyle was 38 when he passed away,” Sayward said. “Sometimes, it is just about sitting there and chatting with others that can help you get through. The person sitting next to you knows exactly how you feel because they have felt the same way.”

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