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9/11 Children Still Coping 13 Years Later

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Glen Ridge, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The tragedy of 9/11 occurred over thirteen years ago, but for some, it is still a fresh wound in many families’ lives, particularly the children who lost a loved one. Over 3,000 children lost a parent or loved one on that solemn day.

John Candela, of Glen Ridge, was just four years old when he lost his father in 9/11. He has yet to go to the 9/11 museum, but he said he will get there, but when he does, he will need to be surrounded by friends and family for strength and support.

“I think it gets to show what has happened, and where we come from as a country and as people. It shows that we are strong and can move on, but never forget,” Candela stated about the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Candela has managed to put a positive spin on his situation with the help of an organization called “Tuesdays Children”, which was founded after 9/11 to aid families of the fallen and of the first responders.

Candela has been active with their latest program which crosses international borders, called “Project Common Bond”,bringing together children who have been directly impacted by terrorism. Their services are designed to help communities suffering from mass trauma and move forward with their lives in a positive way.

Executive Director Terry Sears said that the idea behind Project Common Bond is to empower youth, foster a positive personal growth, promote intercultural understanding, and encourage community action.

“We’re here to allow them to go in groups together if they need to, or to help them shoulder this whole disaster, catastrophe together,” Sears explained of the group’s intention.

A yearly camp takes place every summer that brings kids together from around the world that have lost someone due to terrorism. They get to talk about their experiences, their parents, what they have learned, and how they can be better in this world. The camp will take place this summer in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.


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