Kristen DelVecchio Glosserman’s Speech at the May 18, 2015 COPE Golf Outing
COPE Sibling Recognition Award

Hi,

Thank you all for being here, and thank you COPE, Lillian, Spencer and Greer for this wonderful award.

As a stay at home mom of four it’s been a really long time since anyone has recognized me for anything… so this is really nice.

Just a few thoughts I’d like to share tonight.

About a month or so ago, I was at another charity event.

Cycle for Survival.

It’s a HIGH OCTANE, cardio cycling event that raises money for cancer research. While you are there you hear the most amazing, inspirational stories of survival, and the crowds are cheering… it’s really something.

And, I came home and thought, “WOW, how different our two charities are.”

NO ONE IS CHEERING on our side of the fence. As my husband says “COPE is the club you hope you are never a part of.” But, we are.

I would like to applaud so many people in this room tonight for just being here — BECAUSE when you prematurely lose someone you love just getting out of bed is a challenge. WE ARE THE SURVIVORS.

THAT IS WHERE COPE COMES IN.

The journey back to happiness is a long road, and I can tell you first hand it’s not a trip you can make alone.

When you speak to someone in the COPE network YOU know that THEY know exactly what you are feeling.

There were countless nights I spent on the phone with Spencer sharing my pain and him sharing his. It’s part of what got us through that time.

BUT it’s MORE than just the relationships you make at COPE. It is their approach to losing someone that is so special. They encourage us to stay connected to that person – I am so inspired when I go to FACEBOOK, and I see how Greer shares Michelle with her children. It encourages me to do the same. Slowly Michael’s photos began appearing on my nightstand, and I got more comfortable talking about him with my children. I now use Michael’s memory to be a better person, and I am grateful to him for so much of the good fortune I have in my life.

COPE is a small charity today. What I am asking of each of you today is to please bring this information to someone in your life — a friend, a neighbor or a colleague who may benefit from being part of our COPE network.

IT has made a tremendous difference in my life.

I’d like to dedicate this award to my brother Michael, my parents, Ken and Barbara DelVecchio, who somehow kept it together all these year, and to the TWO PEOPLE who love me most, my sister, Tara, and my husband, Marc.

Thank you.