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We invite everyone to come walk with our extended family to remember our Angel Erin. This will be the 6th year in which we will walk to remember her. Erin passed away suddenly in December 2013 and our journey in life as a family has been forever changed. The Willow House has supported families like ours in search of direction after a devastating loss.  You can make a donation on Erin's page in her name and the money goes to Willow House. Our team goal is to raise $1000. 

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Did you know that 1 in 16 children throughout Illinois will lose a parent or sibling by the age of 18? Did you also know that children and teens whose grief goes unattended, are emotionally, physically, socially and academically at risk?

Willow House is the only independent organization in the state whose sole mission and passion is to serve those grieving.

Willow House provides support services to children, teens and families who are grieving the death of a loved one. For over 20 years, Willow House has been the go-to program in the greater Chicago area, called upon to help young grieving families, school communities and others in crisis as they cope with death. All of services are provided at no charge.

The annual Walk & 5K Run to Remember is one way we unite as a community to honor the memory of loved ones who have died, while raising essential funds to keep programs going. This year, with an increased demand for our services, we hope to raise more dollars than ever before. We need your help to make this happen!

Your gift ensures we can meet the ever growing need for grief support services across Chicagoland. There are three ways you can help grieving children and families today: make a donation, create a fundraising page to share with your network, and register for our 11th annual Walk & 5K Run to on September 8, 2019.

There is an impact behind every dollar raised:

  • A gift of $25 provides art supplies for one support group activity.
  • A gift of $50 provides one family with a one-on-one intake session with a licensed counselor to prepare them for group activities.
  • A gift of $100 provides dinner for a group.
  • A gift of $500 can fund an expressive arts workshop.
  • A gift of $1,000 can fund an 8-week school based support group series.

At the heart of this, and all of our fundraising efforts, it is our goal to continue providing grief support services at no cost to families in need. From the staff and families of Willow House, we thank you for your support.

Thomas Kelly
Many warm thoughts for you, Mike, and Billy.
The Kern Family
Motivation Excellence
Giving back to our community and supporting our employees is very important to Motivation Excellence. Each month employees nominate an organization significant to them to benefit from our snack table where snacks can be purchased in exchange for a donation. This month Diane Kelly nominated Willow House and the walk to remember her niece, Erin McDermott, to be our Snack for Charity beneficiary.
Joan Townsend,RN
Sweet Erin, always in my heart
Anonymous $100.00
Terri & John Resch $25.00
Eileen Steinkopf $25.00
Pat & Rich Russo $50.00
Ernie Scarpelli $40.00
Mary Rotman $10.00
Michelle Quinn
I will always miss her ❤️
Jim and Cheryl Kelly $30.00
Tracy and Brent Rowland
Sending lots of love and prayers your way! We hope the day is filled with joyful memories of Erin, and wonderful new memories with family and friends. Love Tracy and Brent
Remembering TONI $25.00
The Davis Family $100.00
Richard Fitzpatrick $20.00
Michelle Tufenkjian $20.00
Diane Kelly $25.00
Deborah Hervai $40.00

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