September 11, 2013

In Memory...

Today, on September 11th, as I hold in my thoughts all who were lost on this tragic day 12 years ago as well as their loved ones who continue to grieve, I also think about Elizabeth and Stephen Alderman.

I had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth and Stephen in 2009 while filming for the 2009 Purpose Prize award videos.  Elizabeth and Stephen lost their 25-year-old son Peter C. Alderman when he was killed in the World Trade Center.   As part of their grieving process, they found a new purpose and decided to create an organization in their son's memory: The Peter C. Alderman Foundation.  The Foundation helps to foster homegrown mental health systems around the world in order to heal the emotional wounds of survivors of terrorism and mass violence.

The Aldermans' story is both heart-wrenching and extremely inspiring.  I feel blessed to have met them and to have helped document their work and their son's legacy.



To learn more about the Peter. C. Alderman Foundation:
http://www.petercaldermanfoundation.org/

To read their Purpose Prize article:
http://www.encore.org/elizabeth-alderman-and