"In one of them I shall be laughing And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night"
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Matteo Shafer Legacy Fund was created in memory of our son Matteo. Matteo lived an inspirational life. We marched to the beat of his drum. We tapped to his tune. We danced and shook our bodies to his song. To say that our lives were made better by his presence would be an understatement. He was observant and thoughtful. Quick-witted and oh so smart. Adult-like in thinking and behavior. He filled our hearts with so much joy. We remember his words and actions with love, but also with an indescribable ache. Our hearts are heavy in a way that is inexplicable and in a way we hope no one could truly understand. And so we have a choice: to focus on his absence (an absence that drowns us and makes it so difficult to breathe) or believe in his presence. When Matteo was physically here with us, he was a "crowd puller". He bonded people, he spun a web that caught the big and small, the old and young, the troubled and those at ease. The centre of our web is not physically here, but those bonds that he created are. Those bonds are his presence and we would be doing a disservice to his memory if we did nothing with the threads he spun. And so we need you. To help his memory live on. Because in a world so wrought with tragedy and sorrow, we need to let the light of that little boy's love shine.