I always tried to teach Bear to Share and Love your Friends and Family! Nothing takes too much time and nothing is too much trouble! It’s not what you take with you, it’s what you leave behind… and he did just that!!! He left all of us with some of the best friends we could ask for, and I thank everyone for sharing his life with us! I am sad, but a better person knowing this little boy is mine. I see many of my friends and know he had such a big part in making these friendships. He would wake up every morning and run in my room and say “Mommy what are we doing today”, and now my today Is missing something, It’s missing Everything… but I see all of you, and I realize this is what he Left Behind For me. -Stacy Brzozowski
Bear Legacy was established in memory of four-year-old Bear Brzozowski, who left us too soon, but whose love of family, friends, and the outdoors lives on to bring happiness and joy to other children. The mission of Bear Legacy is to conduct activities to give back to the local community, provide compassionate and financial support to local families with sick children, and promote efforts that encourage families to get outside and find peace in nature. Since 2013, Bear Legacy has held annual family hikes, established geocaches at local parks, and held teddy bear and pajama drives for local hospitals. Bear Legacy has giving checks to Local family to help pay bills while they have an extended stay in a Hospital to be with there child.The creation of the Bear Adventure Trail will be the biggest project of Bear Legacy to date. This project is expected to impact thousands of children and families by providing access to a fun outdoor space that features opportunities for exercise, play, and creativity for the whole family.
The Bear Adventure Trail has garnered significant community interest and is being constructed solely with volunteer labor. All costs associated with construction are for materials, supplies, tools, signage, and equipment rentals. Bear Legacy has been very grateful for the donated services of a local landscape architect and landscaping company, who have provided their expertise and equipment to clear the trails, as well as donations of mulch for the picnic area. Several small business owners in Harford County have offered support through donations and volunteer hours. We are working with local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops who have offered volunteer labor to construct some of the climbing structures and art elements. We have had Boy Scouts express interest in building some of these adventure obstacles as Eagle Scout projects. A local youth sports team recently came out to conduct a volunteer day and we anticipate other teams to do the same. Bear Legacy also has hosted monthly volunteer days with friends and community members who have joined together to clear brush, paint blazes on trees, construct a bridge, and line the trail borders with fallen logs. The Bear Legacy Facebook page regularly posts volunteer dates and opportunities to be involved. As word spreads throughout the community that the trail system is currently open for use, we anticipate even more interest in volunteering.