Main DocumentTribute stones were first open to residents of Roosevelt Island and are now publicly available at fdrhope.org One of the tributes planned is for Tom Brown, who, like his former wife Nancy Brown, contracted polio, which led to quadriplegia. Nancy and their caretaker Luisa Huerta started the fundraiser for Tom's tribute. Their friends and relatives have now contributed the amount necessary to ensure that there will be a two-foot-wide stone honoring Tom on the Memorial's plaza.
The sculpture of FDR and the girl are partway through a multi-stage process that will transform them from clay to wax to bronze. Rather than a depiction of an actual event, the encounter is the imaginative creation of the sculptor.
"The poses are based on numerous photos of FDR greeting and interacting with child polio patients at Warm Springs, Georgia, and in the White House," sculptor Meredith Bergmann explains. "We see in these meetings exchanges of gentle smiles of recognition, understanding, welcome and hope."
Dr. Jack Resnick, an internist who has long treated the disabled and seniors on Roosevelt Island, advocated for memorializing FDR's strength in conquering his disability, noting that the island was renamed for FDR in large part because of his connection to polio.
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