Sam Colucci was the fearless leader of our family. Married for 25 years, our greatest accomplishment is raising two amazing children. Sam was diagnosed with GlioBlastoma (brain cancer) in 2019. As you can imagine, this was devastating news. Sam died in 2020 at the age of 51.
Sam's battle with cancer is only a small (yet significant) part of his life. Sam was known for being humble and kind. He was always there to lend a helping hand. It is our desire that his legacy live on in our actions. We are certain that Sam would want us to assist other families in their grief. We have the opportunity and responsibility to make sure that Sam's legacy (and that of so many others) is not marred by cancer.
After the last casserole is eaten and friends think you should have "moved on", CLAP is here! We want to hear about your loved one. We want to share your memories of what made that person special. CLAP wants to partner with you to create meaningful legacy projects that help you connect.
For our Colucci family, we conduct random acts of kindness on the 9th of every month in memory of Sam. It seems fitting that his legacy lives on in providing unexpected acts of kindness. Doing this truly embodies who Sam was. We talk about what we have done and share memories of Sam. Truly, Sam's legacy lives on.
For each family, a legacy project is unique. It might mean a park bench in a place that special to your loved one. That park bench might be a place that you could go and "be" with your loved one. It might be that you wanted to take your loved ones shirts and create memory quilts. Maybe your loved one was a coach for your sports team and CLAP can help create a memorial patch for your team uniform sleeve. Ultimately, the ideas will come from you. We are eager to hear your stories and help you along this path.
Together we can!
It is our hope that our recipients might consider (over time) helping other newly bereaved families create meaningful legacy projects. We believe these simple actions have the potential to be game changers in the process of grief.