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Friday, May 31. 2013
Memorial Garden Dedication
At Developmental Disabilities Institute, Inc. (DDI)
Ronkonkoma, NY

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Team: Sienna's Heart         Team: Shane's Dreams

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THE TRIBUTES

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Sienna Rose Caballero

Shane Michael Brennan

Click on the names above to read the loving tributes to Sienna and Shane by their families.

Over the Rainbow, Instrumental
Played by Michael Foley, DDI

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THE MEMORIAL GARDEN

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Lauren Kelley
Alexander's Angels

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Click here to read the poem that Lauren dedicated to Shane and Sienna

A HEART EMBRACES THE CHILDREN

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Larger version of the plaque appears at top of page

Mike O'Connell
Alexander's Angels

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Click here to read Mike O'Connell's Dedication on behalf of Alexander's Angels

Sienna's parents (left) and Shane's parents and sister (right) sit on the front row

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Meryl Teitelbaum
Associate Director, DDI

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Click here to read Statement by Meryl Teitelbaum on behalf of DDI

Grandparents and other members of the family listen to the dedications.

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Joan Smart
Educational Supervisor, DDI

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Click here to read Dedication Statement by Joan Smart

Some of the approximately 100 people in attendance.

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Fran Davis and Patti Critelli
Sienna's Teachers

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Click here to read the poem dedicated to Sienna by her teachers

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Danielle Salerno and Regina Folan
Shane's Teachers, DDI

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Click here to read the poem dedicated to Shane by his teachers

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Susan Brennan, Shane's mom

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Click here to read Susan Brennan's tribute to her son Shane

Flowers for Sienna planted by the Caballero Family (above)

Flowers for Shane planted by the Brennan Family (below)

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Sharon Caballero, Sienna's mom

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Click here to read Sharon Caballero's tribute to her daughter Sienna

Flowers for Shane admired by Sienna's sister Skye and her dad while Shane's grandpa watches.  

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Tony Caballero, Sienna's dad

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 Tony Caballero did not have a prepared speech,.

Standing left to right, Tony and Sharon Caballero (Sienna's parents), Susan and John Brennan (Shane's parents); sitting Sienna's and Shane's sisters Skye Caballero and Cassidy Brennan

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The planning of the garden began at this site.

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Here we planned... we cried...

we hugged... we remembered...  we smiled...

 Here we were met by the sun... and the rain...

...even heavy downpours did not stop our plans!

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Sienna and Shane's parents, sisters, DDI, and Alexander's Angels with help from Decoro Landscaping transformed a grass strip into a beautiful garden in their memory!  

We love you Shane and Sienna!

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Garden components donated by Alexander's Angels

Labor and mulch a gift from:

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Bench Cushions by the Brennan Family

Pots planting by the Brennan and Caballero families

Refreshments provided by DDI

Music by Michael Foley

 

A year later...
The garden in the summer of 2014
(maintained by DDI) 

 
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