Sue Dockrell is a sweet, soft-spoken person who has put together something to shout about: a free, local event to bring families together on a Sunday afternoon, honor the memory of her son Robert, raise money for the Saratoga Community Health Center — and offer support to others who have suffered the loss of a child.
Family Day will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at The Parting Glass Pub, 40-42 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. There will be music, face painting, button and card making, and raffles and more. Admission is free.
I ran into Sue and her husband, Greg, the other day at one of their regular downtown spots, Uncommon Grounds, where they were taking a break from distributing posters for “a fun-filled community event for children and families in celebration and remembrance of Robert Wheaton III.”
Rob was 21 when he died in 2005. One of his pieces of art is featured on the event poster. Sue is excited about raising some money to support the health center, a branch of Saratoga Hospital that offers routine health care regardless of ability to pay.
And, for those walking in the Dockrells’ shoes, there will be “tools to support families in every stage of loss, including speakers, poetry, art and meditation.”