HICKORY, N.C. -- The city of Hickory and the Kiwanis Club are teaming up to build a playground to honor the life of 10-year-old Zahra Baker.
The handicapped-accessible playground will be located inside the Kiwanis Club Park.
"She touched people," said Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright. "Her resilience, the way she dealt with the things that life had dealt her. And, of course, we would all have liked to have seen her have a chance to really put it behind her."
Zahra had survived two bouts of bone cancer before being reported missing by her father and stepmother in October 2010. Her remains were found scattered between Caldwell and Catawba counties a month later.
No one has been charged in her death.
The town of Hickory and the Kiwanis Club are trying to raise $85,000 by the end of June to build the Zahra Baker All Children's Playground.
For information on donating, visit http://www.hickorygov.com/egov/docs/1297702018403.htm.