The phrase ‘it takes a village’ is often used to describe the many ways we acknowledge the importance and value community plays in the midst of our daily lives. Here at ERUUF on a recent Tuesday afternoon, I witnessed the ‘village’ come together as the sanctuary filled with people from ERUUF and the broader community to honor Sue Coon.
Nineteen cellists gathered from Florida to DC - including some of our own ERUUFians - to provide a heartwarming one-hour concert simply because they love Sue and want to show that love through their musical offering. We listened to storytelling, jokes, words of honor and remembrance of the many ways Sue has put her mark upon the various communities of ERUUF, cello camp, workplace, and life relationships. These were woven together with the beautiful vibrations of sound to bring soulful rest to all who were present. The reception that followed was coordinated by many ERUUFians who together prepared refreshments and service for the many.
Sue is living with ALS and each day is new for her as she navigates the waters of its progression. Many in her circle of friends, choir members, and Pastoral Care Associates have been supporting Sue and Conrad as her needs shift. If you would like to learn more from Sue, please go to Sue’s CaringBridge page. To assist Sue and Conrad in the future you can click on ‘ways to help’ to sign up for specific needs.
Here are Sue’s words of gratitude for the outpouring of love she experienced:
“Sue Coon and Conrad Weiser would like to thank everyone who helped with the CELLOBRATION on May 15. Our hearts were warmed by All of the support and love. Special thanks to Deb Cayer, Stacy Grove, Kevin Badanes, Daphne RHODES And Lenora Harris-Field. Plus to everyone else who helped, and of course to my cello buddies. We really appreciated such a meaningful event. Thank you so much!"
Thank YOU, Sue, for the many ways you touch our lives!