Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00
COPE Foundation (Connecting Our Paths Eternally) recently held its 9th annual COPE Walk for those families on Long Island living with the loss of a child on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Long Beach Boardwalk in Long Beach. This year’s COPE Walk set new records for walker participation and funds raised for this annual event. Over 300 bereaved parents, siblings, friends and family walked the length of the Boardwalk in order to honor the memories of loved ones, to publicize the foundation, and to raise money to support COPE’s programs and services. The funds raised from the walk represented an approximate 40 percent increase over previous year’s revenues. New York State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, was on hand at the event to lend his support to his local Long Beach constituents.
COPE, a not-for-profit foundation, 501(c)(3), (federal identification number 31-1670416), is dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child. Since 1999, COPE has served the needs of approximately 350 families on Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties) by providing emotional, therapeutic and spiritual programs (at no cost to participants). These include parent and sibling support group meetings, individual one-on-one support, a spirituality group, art and movement therapy workshops, and a variety of special programs for clergy and mental health professionals. In addition to assisting local families, COPE’s grief hotline (COPELine) and COPE website have enabled us to also provide grieving individuals outside of Long Island with immediate support and resources and referrals. COPE was recently awarded the opportunity to serve as the New York City affiliate for the Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin, a weekend-long bereavement camp for children ages 6-17 which will be held for the first time in August 2012.