Thank you for visiting our fund raising page in memory of our dear husband, father, brother, mentor and friend ~ Emeka Dillibe. You can read more about Emeka’ s life & legacy by going to Emeka's memorial page. In the short 36 years of his life, Emeka touched so many children’s lives through his work at Careprovider Children & Family Services - a non-profit residential treatment for At-Risk foster youth. When He was just 23 years old, Emeka found out he was a single father and He raised his precious princess Janine from when she was 6 months old till his death. When I first met Emeka, and He was trying very hard to turn on all his charm, about 5 minutes into our conversation He was already telling me about a special person in his life ~ his princess. Theirs was a very strong and special bond and losing her father at the young age of 12 was such a devastating blow to Janine that even 2 years later, Janine who is now 14, still finds it very difficult to talk about - even to family and close friends.
Four months after we lost Emeka, I forced Janine, kicking and screaming, to go for a weekend at the Comfort Zone Camp (CZC) and on the last day of camp she finally opened up and shared about her Dad with her group.
I was so excited.
The camp made her feel like she was part of a community who were hurting and grieving just like herself. It made her realize that she was not alone or different because her faather was no more. She felt comfortable talking about her Dad - because the kids at camp "got it". Janine informed me recently that she wants to go back to camp this year and that when she ages out of the program she would like to become a counselor at the camp.
CZC is a non-profit bereavement camp offered free of charge to kids ages 7-17 that have suffered the death of a parent sibling, or primary caregiver. Every child has their own personal counselor “buddy" that is matched to them. What an incredible opportunity CZC offers to these kids; they become a part of a community that helps them in their healing process by offering compassion, support, trust, and educational tools to deal with their grief in a positive way.
It's my goal to raise enough to send 10 kids to camp for a weekend! That's $500 per camper. I know this will change the lives of 10 very special young people, one of which is Emeka’s princess - and I'm confident that together we can make this goal happen!
I'm running this 5k for my 3 children that life robbed of a wonderful loving father and for all present, and future campers, and the possibility for lives to be changed! I am running with the support of the staff and 12 At-Risk youth of Careprovider Children & Family Services – please join us by registering to become part of Team Emeka Dillibe by going to the registration page for the race.
Much love and many thanks to you all for your support - and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Press On !