Juan “Juju” Isaiah Cruz III
After over two years of battling cancer, last month 15-year-old Juan “Juju” Isaiah Cruz III peacefully passed away. He was the son of our passionate and dedicated Tree to Tree Adventures manager, Juan Cruz. Juju was a brave and strong young man who fought an impossible battle, and was still able to maintain an amazing outlook on life in the most bleak of times. He was always uplifting and encouraging to those around him. Juju is an inspiration to those who hear the story of his courage. Our thoughts, prayers,
and sympathies are with Juan and his family who have lost such an amazing soul.
William “Bill” Gay
The Museum and the Tallahassee community lost a dear friend last month. William “Bill” Gay, long-time volunteer and loving husband of our preschool manager “Miss Karen” was a central part of the Museum’s family for many years, and touched the lives of thousands of young children and families in our community. Bill and Karen both figuratively and literally made beautiful music together on the stages of life and shared their time and talent with anyone who asked. We will sorely miss Bill’s engaging performances at Jazz and Blues, Swamp Stomp and especially his weekly music sessions with our preschoolers. We offer our support to Karen and her family, but we also thank them for sharing their music of life which will always live in our hearts and minds.