Turning Our Loss
Into Something Positive
The flutter of a butterfly’s wings can make a difference in the world. Conner is our butterfly.
On October 1, 2016, our family’s faith was shaken and our world turned upside down when we received news that our son Conner had died by suicide. If you’ve never lost a loved one to suicide, you cannot imagine the pain and the intensity of the emotional roller coaster that comes with it. It’s crippling…it’s agonizing…it’s terrifying…it’s the worst possible thing that one could ever go through.
Conner was 17 years old. He was insanely handsome, was a fantastic athlete, and a good student. Conner was a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin and a friend. Conner was sweet, generous, loving, kind, smart (and smart-assed!), witty and hilarious. Conner was a piece of the puzzle that makes up our great big family, and without his piece we are no longer whole. It’s true, the rest of us are strong and are holding our pieces together so firmly as not to fall apart, but we were much stronger when his piece was in place.
Since that moment, our extensive family, friends, community and even those we have never met, came to us. They offered love, support, words of comfort and an assurance we were not alone.
While we have lost our child, we have chosen to not have his death be in vain. We know that we are not the first ones to suffer such a loss. We also know that this type of loss is becoming all to frequent. Taking Conner’s memory and turning our loss into something positive, this is the ConnerStrong way.
There are organizations that are focused on suicide prevention and awareness, especially in our teens and young adults. We also recognize that there are organizations that help families and communities pick up the pieces after such a loss. Our family and others would not be able to move forward in life without them.
We cannot change the world by ourselves, but just like the butterfly effect, a small flutter of a butterfly’s wings can make a difference in the world.
Conner is our butterfly.
Please visit our other pages to find out who we are helping and how we are doing it. We hope you will join us in this effort.
Tom & Mindi Worosz (founders & board members) – As Conner’s parents and foundation founders, we have a sole mission to keep Conner’s memory alive by stopping suicide in our teen and young adult communities and saving others from having to walk in our footsteps.
Jack Worosz (founder & board member) – As Conner’s younger brother, Jack idolized and looked up to Conner. While Jack will not have Conner physically around, he can hold onto Conner in his heart and share Conner and his story with many other children. Jack is already speaking out to his friends and peers with the hope that he can help other children.
Tom & Ann Marie Worosz (board members) – Conner’s grandparents and our support. Tom & Ann Marie have been there no matter what, providing support, assistance and guidance. They continue Conner’s memory and a similarly focused in helping stop suicide and the aftermath of such tragedy.
John & Diane Peele (board members) – Conner’s grandparents and our support. John & Diane have been there no matter what, providing support, assistance and guidance. They continue Conner’s memory and a similarly focused in helping stop suicide and the aftermath of such tragedy.