January 8, 2018
Sometimes we just need to know we’re not alone – that there’s someone else out there who knows what we’re going through, who understands what we’re feeling. Someone we can connect with through a common experience or who shares some fear, some dream, some passion within us. Someone who believes in us – who lifts us up right when we need it.
“I know I couldn’t have done this alone,” says Anna Lonon, English instructor and founder of the Lonon Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Lowcountry children affected by a parent’s cancer diagnosis.
It was Lonon’s own experience that prompted her to share her passion through starting this organization. Lonon lost her husband, Mike, to head and neck cancer in 2014 and quickly realized what an impact his death was having on her children, especially her 4-year-old, Jack. Hoping to help him cope with the loss of his father, Lonon sent Jack to a summer camp for children who have lost a parent to cancer. He returned with a whole new outlook. That’s when Lonon decided to start her own program to help children who have a parent with a cancer diagnosis.