Blogging about life in Minnesota, raising our six kids with Down syndrome while battling Breast Cancer.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor in the morning the devil says, "Oh shit! She's up!"

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Remembering Charlotte

One year ago today, our nation suffered the tragic loss of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Today we remember all of them:

Charlotte Bacon
Daniel Barden
Rachel D'Avino
Olivia Engel
Josephine Gay
Dylan Hockley
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung
Madeleine F. Hsu
Catherine V. Hubbard
Chase Kowalski
Nancy Lanza
Jesse Lewis
Ana Marquez-Greene
James Mattioli
Grace McDonnell
Anne Marie Murphy
Emilie Parker
Jack Pinto
Noah Pozner
Caroline Previdi
Jessica Rekos
Avielle Richman
Lauren Rousseau
Mary Sherlach
Victoria Soto
Benjamin Wheeler
Allison N. Wyatt

The first name on that list, Charlotte Bacon, is the daughter of my high school classmate, Jo Jo and her husband Joel, sister to Guy.

Our hearts ache for their loss knowing there is nothing any of us can say or do to make it better. Nothing that can bring Charlotte back for them, nothing to erase the memories of that day from their hearts and minds.

What we CAN do is remember Charlotte and honor her memory. Charlotte was a lover of animals, especially dogs. In the wake of the tragedy, therapy dogs were instrumental in helping the family and community members deal with their grief, loss, fear and anxiety. Charlotte's parents started Charlotte's Litter. The goal of the program is " to advocate for animal assisted activity with Therapy/Comfort Dogs and their roles as supportive friends and trusted companions.  We strive to create turnkey programs that make Therapy/Comfort Dogs accessible to every man, woman, and child."
Orange Dog by Charlotte Bacon.
If you would like to help children who have suffered through a traumatic experience, please consider contributing to Charlotte's Litter. Your tax deductible donation can be made by going here.

1 comment:

Dianna Chabot said...

What a wonderful tribute, Leah.