My mom died from breast cancer when I was only 12 years old, and my sister and I were left to figure out this crazy world without her by our side. What I would have given to be able to attend a camp like Experience Camps as a teenager! I struggled to feel “normal” and to relate to my peers; it was a very painful and lonely time. Whenever I meet someone who lost a parent as a child, I immediately feel a bond with him or her – there is a string that connects us, because we understand each other, and what it was like to grow up without our Mom or Dad there to guide and support us.
Now as a mother myself, I constantly think about what my daughters crave and need from me, and how blessed we are that I am here to care for them every day.
I would love nothing more than to be able to support other children who have lost a parent or a sibling.
Forming these unique bonds at camp can help them find hope and meaning through their loss, and build relationships that will provide comfort for them throughout their lives.
By Cycling on 3/16 at JoyRide in memory of my mom, I want to give kids the opportunity to connect with others who JUST GET IT.
Please make a gift to honor my mom, Marion, or anyone in your life who you have loved and lost.
And, please join me on 3/16 at JoyRide in Westport to ride for the cause!
Thank you for making this crazy world a little better.