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1 year later...

I've been considering posting here for quite some time but couldn't find the right words. After updating the Cris Condidorio Memorial Fund's website today with beautiful pictures, I thought some of you would want to see the difference that we have made in Mom's name. We have been able to donate books to hospitals, children, schools, and libraries. We have renovated an entire nook in my Mom's name. We have donated items for play and reading in several libraries. We have touched many children's lives and all because of a truly special human who I am blessed to call my Mom. If you would like to follow the donations that have been made, please visit http://cond8563.wixsite.com/criscondidorio .

Our lives have been exceptionally hard this past year as we have tried to mourn the loss of the most profound person in all of our lives. We have done so as a family and tried to remember the positive impact that she had on so many people. We came together this past month at my wedding on July 15th where everyone who attended said they could feel my Mom's presence. The signs of her that I have heard about were the rose that sat on what would have been her chair, the sun that peeked through the clouds just as we said our vows, the gardens that overflowed with color and life to decorate the lawn, the touching dance that I shared with my dad, the dance that I shared with my brothers in memory of Mom, the speech that my father gave, and so much more. We couldn't have missed her more that day and everyday for the past year. 

We will continue to update the Memorial fund web page as we continue to make donations. If you have ideas for donations, please contact us as we would love to help others who would benefit from my Mom's love of  children and literacy.

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Comments (3)

  • Doug Condidorio
    Doug Condidorio

    Reilly, We are so blessed to have you as a niece and thank you for keeping the memory of your dear mother alive through this program. We love and miss you. Uncle Doug, Aunt Rhonda, Brandon, Trevor and Justin.

    one year ago · Reply
  • laurie scarpulla
    laurie scarpulla

    Hello Reilly and Family, Thank you sharing the blessed journey of your beautiful Mother. I have followed this post, over the last couple of years, as I felt connected through my cousin Ann Lamendola. I remember my fondest summers spent with my Aunt Tina in LeRoy. Even more so, I remember the Condidorio name and how my cousins were very connected to your family. You are a lovely young woman, Reilly, and your Dad and brothers are very lucky to have you lead in your Mom's absence. Having been an only daughter with three brothers, and now with three daughters of my own, you have given me an even more appreciation, of the intimacy and love that exists between a mother and her daughter. Thank you for sharing your journey of love and loss while having the courage to honor her within the community....giving back with the gift of literacy and her love of teaching. Congratulations on the celebration of your wedding and praying for grace and peace, as your new lives, will continue to mirror hers. Sincerely.....Laurie Scarpulla.....Greece NY

    one year ago · Reply
  • Sharon Kaisen
    Sharon Kaisen

    Reilly, I am a mom of four in Victor NY and we were blessed to have your mom as my identical twins pre-K teacher at Victor on Polar Bear Lane. To say that her kindness and soft touch made the difference between my girls going to school and "not being able to wait" to go to school is an understatement. Even years later (they are almost 24) I remember her as one of the kindest teachers I had ever met. It is a shame that other kids in Victor can't experience what we did by knowing your mom. I hope that the memory of her lives on in your heart as it does in all of ours. I think it is a wonderful tribute to her that you have built this memorial because she loved the "kids" that she had the honor of teaching just as I am sure she loved you. I have no doubt that she was there at your wedding. All the best - the Kaisen family

    one year ago · Reply

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