ConnerStrong Foundation works to bring awareness to mental health issues and suicide prevention and to change the discussion about mental health, especially in our teens and young adults. The foundation also provides outreach and comfort to the families and communities affected by mental health and suicide.


On October 1, 2016, our family’s faith was shaken, and our world turned upside down when we received news that our 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 so 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 are 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.

In June of 2017, we launched The ConnerStrong Foundation with the hope that we could help our community and reach at least one person in Conner’s memory.

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.
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