I'm running the 2022 NYC Marathon to raise money for Comfort Zone Camp in honor of my cousin Jon
I lost my cousin Jon when I was 14, and at the time I didn’t have the proper tools to fully process my loss, and to express my grief. Fortunately, it wasn’t long before I began volunteering at Comfort Zone Camp and was able to witness first-hand the power of CZC to provide a safe place for children to grieve, heal and grow.
Now it is nearly 10 years since Jon’s passing, and I find myself in a similar place in life to where he was; a twenty-something living in New York City trying to find their place in the world. Part of finding my place has included resuming volunteering with Comfort Zone Camp. As such I could not be more excited to have the privilege of running the 2022 New York City Marathon fundraising for Comfort Zone Camp in honor of my cousin Jon!
Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit 501(c)3 bereavement organization that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, primary caregiver, or significant person. All programs are free of charge and include trust-building activities and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings.
In light of the increased need created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Comfort Zone Camp is finding new ways to help grieving children. Through the new Comfort Zone At Home program, campers are able to connect virtually and still have a powerful camp experience from the comfort of their home. We have also created Family Camp programs so whole families can heal and grow together.
Additionally, CZC is expanding in the New Jersey and New York region and has begun offering camps specifically for children who have experienced the death of a loved one from COVID-19.
While November is a while away – I can’t wait to begin fundraising for this amazing cause so I will be holding a fundraising event in the coming weeks, more info to come soon!
I am participating in the TCS New York City Marathon - a fundraising event to give grieving children access to free Comfort Zone Camp programing, so they can learn how to cope in healthy ways.
1 in 13 children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the age of 18. The burden of bereavement disrupts family dynamics, strains social relationships, and emotionally isolates grieving children.
Every step we take and every dollar we raise brings us closer to giving more grieving children hope. Together we can provide grief relief to the 5.6 million grieving children in the United States.
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