LIVINGSTON, NJ — The family of a Mt. Pleasant Elementary School Kindergarten student who tragically lost her life to an extremely rare and hidden heart condition last week is reaching out to the community to keep her memory alive by “Bringing Maya’s Rainbow to Life.”
According to Maya Rachel Cohen’s parents, their beloved daughter’s favorite thing in the world to do was color and draw and she was especially fond of rainbows. As Seth Cohen and his wife, Lauren, brainstormed to find the best way to honor their daughter, they remembered her art table and how every creation—beaded necklaces, cards and more—was finished with a rainbow.
In order to bring Maya’s rainbow to life, the Cohen Family established a fund at the JCC MetroWest in West Orange, where Maya thrived in pre-k and aftercare, bringing her love of color to other children in the area.
“I have never been the type of person to ask for help: pride and stubbornness likely the cause,” said Seth. “But, for this, I am putting my pride aside and I am coming to you asking for help. I am hoping you will help me bring Maya's rainbow to life by making a donation to her fund.”
Describing their daughter as an incredibly loving, sweet, smart and sassy young girl who would give anything to make others happy, Seth said he could not be more proud to call himself Maya’s father. Maya was a fun-loving Kindergartener who idolized her big brother, Alex, who Seth said took care of Maya in a beautiful and loving way. Of all the things Lauren and Seth will miss about their daughter, Lauren and Seth said not being able to see their two inseparable kids be together might be the biggest.
“We have learned over the past week and a half that Maya touched so many people,” said Seth. “We always knew how much we loved her, but seeing how much she was loved by those she touched has helped us begin to cope with this loss.”
According to JCC Interim CEO Mark Lit, a future discussion will determine exactly what will be created in Maya’s honor. According to Lit, more than 100 people in the community have already shown their support by donating to Maya and the Cohen Family.
“I’ve been a JCC Director for 27 years in different communities and I have never seen the outpouring of love and wonton support that has happened around this tragedy,” said Lit. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a very special community and obviously this was a very special young girl.”
Click HERE and select “the Maya Cohen Fund” to make a donation that will go directly toward doing something amazing in Maya’s honor.