Erin’s House Welcomes
Will Reeve, Son of Christopher and Dana Reeve,
To Speak at the Common Bond Breakfast Benefit
Common Bond Breakfast | March 21, 2018
Doors Open 7:00 a.m. | Breakfast Buffet
Erin’s House is celebrating its 25th birthday in 2018. The mission of Erin’s House is to support the needs of grieving children, teens, and families of our regional community. A leader in the field of children’s grief support, Erin’s House is the only standalone children’s grief center in the state of Indiana. In its first year, the program served four families with 12 volunteers in a borrowed space. Last year, Erin’s House served 1,700 children, teens, and families through peer support groups. We reach thousands more with phone support, outreach, training, and crisis response.
All grief support services are offered at no fee for service to families, schools, and the community for as long as needed. Our services are made possible by over 100 trained volunteers who make a bi-weekly commitment to facilitating peer support groups. Additionally, 150 volunteers assist with special events, office tasks, and fundraising.
This year’s Common Bond Breakfast is the kick-off of a year full of birthday celebrations. Erin’s House is honored to host guest speaker, Will Reeve, the son of Christopher (Superman) and Dana Reeve. Christopher Reeve, who spent nine years as a person with quadriplegia after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition, died on October 10, 2004, when Will was just 11 years old.
Will’s mom, Dana, an American actress, singer, and activist for disability causes, was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2005 and died on March 6, 2006. Dana spoke in Fort Wayne in 2005 at Tapestry – just a few months before her diagnosis. Will had lost both parents in just 17 months.
Will is now an ESPN commentator and spokesperson for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury. When we asked if he would be our speaker, he said, “(He) was so honored to be asked.”
“Our Common Bond Breakfast is a cherished tradition that joins friends, families, and coworkers together to enjoy an inspirational message,” notes Executive Director, Debbie Meyer. “We look forward to this event each year and the chance to share our gratitude with this amazing community.”
The proceeds from the Common Bond Breakfast enable Erin’s House to provide support services for children, teens, and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one. Guests at the event are asked to make a donation to Erin’s House.