30 years on Grief has dogged me For a long time From diagnosis to internment And on, and on. At first, grief was a snarling cur, curled lips deep bark, bared teeth, Full of warning and pain, Then the quick tenacious bite, And oozing tears. Later grief was a neurotic little lap dog nipping at my heels, Annoying me And wanted attention But too fearful to allow itself to be held and petted. Sometimes came the wolf eyed Guard dog, Suspicious and angry But practical, working for food and board, but wary. I needed to watch my hands. As I became accustomed, grief became a cute friendly cuddly pup, Quick to please, but confused when her bite punctured skin, drew blood, and my curse. Grief grew with me and now is sometimes like an old and sleepy companion dog, Belly up under the table. The two of us comfortable in each other presence. My sighs and breaths of regret doesn’t alarm the old dog, Nor wake her from her nap. Grief grows on me, I’d rather not have this companion, but I’ve gotten used to it. By: Dennis Gura
It is our combined wish that we can transcend space and time by using this connections place on Dillon’s web site. We constantly update this section with new photos, writings, video and other Dillon memories we all shared with him. It is the family’s desire to have everyone understand through this experience that it is the quality and depth that gives our life meaning.
Family and friends came together to celebrate Dillon’s 31st birthday. Click to watch the video here.
Board members attended Surfrider’s annual fundraiser and enjoyed a live performance by Jack Johnson (pictured here).
Members of the Dillon Henry Foundation went to Congo to visit the Congo Peace School. They toured the school, met many of the current students, and had the pleasure of connecting with Amani in person since his visit to the United States.
Photos from our annual Copa de Dillon soccer tournament. This year the tournament took place on the new soccer fields at the school.
Our annual lunch with our talented Surfrider Interns more game changers of the future!
This is primary school teacher Julien teaching the second grade students how to paddle a canoe in the safety of the grassy space at the school.