“Over the years, Karen has expressed her desire to be a source of support and encouragement to other mothers.  She has risen above her own heartache and seeks to help others.”

I clearly remember that cold winter day in 1996 when I heard the sound of helicopters nearby.  The local news station reported that there had been an accident at a pond near our home and I remember feeling so sorrowful for the families whose sons had drowned in that accident, and prayed for them.  

It was not until years later when I joined the Y and started taking Zumba, that I actually met Karen Camerato, my instructor.  The name rang a bell and during a conversation we confirmed that we had both had sons to pass away. It is not a common bond any mom likes to share but there was an instant level of understanding and connection between the two of us.

Over the years, Karen has expressed her desire to be a source of support and encouragement to other mothers.  She has participated in our local Heartstrings day-retreat for a number of years, always showing true empathy and a heart-felt desire to make the path a little less difficult for those along their own personal journeys of healing.  Those who have experienced this great loss themselves are the ones who can more fully understand the tremendous heartache of losing a child. Karen has walked in similar shoes to women who are wondering how they are going to keep going through such grief.  She has risen above her own heartache and seeks to help others. Karen is a good listener. She is thoughtful and gives straight-up yet gentle answers. She is approachable and has a spunky, contagious, positive spirit. She uplifts me every time we have class or get to spend some time together.  I fully trust her with my feelings and situations…and I believe other moms will too. ”

—  Jan James