Garrisonville Elementary School Presents Inspiring Mural in Honor of Gwyneth Griffin  

Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through education and action, is delighted to announce the unveiling of a mural in honor of Gwyneth Griffin. The mural, located within Garrisonville Elementary School’s memorial garden, serves as a beautiful tribute to Gwyneth, her compassionate spirit, and her parents’ dedication in transforming their heartbreak into a profound triumph by championing Gwyneth’s Law. 

The mural, graciously funded by the Stafford Museum and Cultural Center, Stafford Education Foundation, Garrisonville Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization, Garrisonville Elementary School Staff, and Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation, embodies the caring spirit Gwyneth exemplified in her life. Designed with vibrant and oversized flowers symbolizing strength and healing, the artwork aims to inspire all who encounter it.  

Symbolic elements within the mural include three envelopes gently floating through the scene, which provide information about Gwyneth herself, Gwyneth’s Law, and the intention behind the memorial garden. The mural serves to honor the memory, educate, and raise awareness about Gwyneth, the importance of taking action, and the ongoing mission of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation.  

Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was established in loving memory of Gwyneth Griffin, a Stafford teenager who tragically passed away in 2012 after collapsing on the school track. Gwyneth’s life may have been saved with early and sustained CPR, and it is the Foundation’s steadfast commitment to ensure that others do not face a similar fate.  

Driven by a mission to create a Culture of Action and empower communities, Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation focuses on raising awareness about the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the availability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). By advocating for Hands-Only CPR and increasing access to AEDs in public facilities, the Foundation strives to double or triple survival rates for individuals experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.  

Through comprehensive education and impactful public awareness campaigns, Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation endeavors to expand AED access in public facilities across the Commonwealth. The Foundation also conducts Hands-Only CPR and AED training events, equipping communities with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond effectively during emergencies.  

The mural unveiling at Garrisonville Elementary School is a testament to Gwyneth’s enduring legacy and the collaborative efforts of The Stafford Museum and Cultural Center, The Stafford Education Foundation, Garrisonville Elementary PTO, Garrisonville Elementary School Staff, and Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation. This remarkable mural not only celebrates Gwyneth’s life but also strengthens community awareness of local history within Stafford County Public Schools.  To date, Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation has trained over 18,000 people in hands-only CPR and deployed 121 AEDs throughout Virginia. 

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Joel Griffin

Chairman & Co-Founder

Joel Griffin is co-founder and chairman of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation. Gwyneth’s Gift was founded in 2015 by Joel and Jennifer Griffin in honor of their oldest daughter, Gwyneth. He is also an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist with 25 years of private industry consulting experience and 20 years in government contracting. He is the Founder and CEO of Riphean, a regional growth management firm.

Joel is committed to philanthropy within the region through local nonprofits and organizations that strengthen local communities. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Stafford Hospital Foundation, and Germanna Educational Foundation. Joel was recognized for his impact and leadership within the region, receiving the Prince B. Woodward Leadership Award in 2022.

In addition to the regional award, Joel received the Valor Award from Loudon County for his life-saving efforts in an emergency. He also received the Patriotic Civilian Service Award given by the U.S. Army for actions taken immediately and following 9/11 at The Pentagon in 2001.