Colleges students deal with the loss of loved ones
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RALEIGH – Dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult and one former college student found out there wasn't much support out there for him when he lost his mother.
This is exactly why David Faijgenbaum began National Students of Ailing Mothers and Fathers. Anne Marie Faijgenbaum, David's mother, was diagnosed with a brain tumor just weeks before his freshman year in college. She lost that battle 15 months later.
“She was just the most friendly, kindhearted person in the world, and it is by far the toughest experience I've ever gone through,” said Faijgenbaum
It was evident that the organization was needed. Now, 38 colleges around the country have chapters and many of those representatives attended this year's AMF conference in Raleigh. All of them with one commonality, they've lost a loved one.
“It's sort of just a test to see where you're going to end up and I found this chapter and I think it's a path that I can take and that can only make me stronger from here,” said Yazmine Granthon, a chapter founder.
Not only is this an outlet and support group, but it's a circle of friends who are there for each other during one of the toughest moments of their lives.
“It helped me so incredibly much and now we have chapters all over the place helping other kids,” said Faijgenbaum