A bench suited for a princess
Jil Fiemeyer can feel her daughter’s presence every time she sees kids playing near one of the Buddy Benches at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary.
“Orange was one of Jane’s favorite colors,” Fiemeyer recalled. “So it was important each of these benches represented her by both encouraging Jane-like behavior, as well as visually with their color.”
Jane Fiemeyer was only 7 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). After a courageous fight beyond her years and delicate stature, Jane died on Sept. 6, 2012, at the age of 8 – just a few weeks shy of her ninth birthday.
“Jane had the kind of beautiful spirit that radiated and made you feel like you knew her,” Fiemeyer fondly recalled. “People tell me that she reminded them of their own precious children, or ones they wished they had. Jane was kind, sweet, strong, brave, and loving - and sassy. She was a true Princess Warrior in every essence of the words.”