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The Power of Family Program: ConnerStrong

The Family Program model was created to build a bridge between the magic that happens in the camp model, and an awareness that we could be doing more for families once our campers went back into their homes and communities.  Children and teens living with loss need communities around them that support and grow the tools that are given at camp.  CZC is very excited by what we are seeing in our family program model.  We have had the honor of supporting more than 200 families in our family model so far this year.  One of our stand out family program moments has been to meet the Worosz family.  Staff and volunteers alike were struck by their raw courage in participating in the December 2016 family program.  They brought members of their family, and extended family for tools and support around the loss of their beloved Conner.    It was at the completion of this program that Conner’s father, Tom, made a passing comment to “sell some t-shirts or something” to mark the occasion.  Conner’s family stayed in touch with us post-program, and kept us in the loop about their new normal. His younger brother, Jack, came to a three-day program to continue support later in the year.  Tom reached out to let us know that he had formed a 501c3, The ConnerStrong Foundation in Conner’s memory, and was working on a plan to support our work with communities, and to raise awareness about suicide.  The result of this labor of love was an incredible inaugural golf tournament that was held on October 16, 2017, in Northern Virginia.  Our CEO and Director of Development were on hand to receive an incredible gift of $7,800 from the event to go towards programming and building grief-friendly communities.  The Worosz Family are an incredible testament to the ways that families can come together in their grief.


To hear more about Conner's story, and the work of the ConnerStrong Foundation, please visit www.connerstrongfoundation.org

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