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Zack’s Dream Room: A Story Of Loss And Hope

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Heather had made a promise to Zack: to make sure that Kevin Clash, the Muppetteer behind Elmo, knew how important he was to Zack and to everyday life in their house. She promised to have Elmo say Zack’s name.

After Zack died, Heather learned about the Being Elmo film: the film about Clash and his journey as Elmo. One day, Heather made a post on the Being Elmo Facebook page.  She told the team what Elmo had meant to her Zack and to her entire family after losing him. And within a day, Constance Marks, the director and produce of the Being Elmo film, got in touch with Heather directly and vowed to help the Zack’s Dream Room project in any way possible — and to pass the story along to Kevin.

A few months later, Heather got a phone call from the VP of Communications at Sesame Street, who told Heather that Kevin Clash personally wanted to help the Elmo’s Dream Room project. Ellen offered to organize a donation of Elmo furniture and other items for the room.

And the magic continues. Next week, the team is holding  a special screening of Being Elmo in Toronto as a fundraiser for the project — with a special screening of a personal video created by Kevin Clash. In this video, Clash makes Zack’s wish come true: he says Zack’s name.

Grief can destroy you. It can turn you into a shell of your former self and cause you to forget what it feels like to be happy. For Heather and Paul and their sons, they have turned their grief into joy and hope for other children in Zack’s memory. May we all have such grace in our own lives.


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5:50AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Zack sounds like a cool kid. I know he is in heaven where he is healthy, happy and has no more pain. I am sure he has his Elmo to keep him company!!

4:55PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012


1:55AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

My deepest and most heartfelt condolences on the death of little Zack. What a beautiful child he was! He didn't enjoy good health in his brief life, but he had all the love one life can hold--he had a family who was always there for him, to fill his days with love, and (of course) Elmo.
This child will always be remembered by thousands of people!
Thank you for sharing your son with us.

8:20PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Thanks for sharing. Very touching story. I hope the family stays strong.

10:54AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Thanks for this post. Blessings to Zack and his family.

5:41AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Thanks for the article.

5:23PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Thank you.

3:45PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

speechless! ty

10:53AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Such a beautiful story, it made me cry. That the world is blessed with the presence of living angels for even such a short time is so humbling. Dear little Zack touched the lives of so many people and he lives on in the hearts and memories of those who knew and loved him. Thank you for allowing me to love him and be touched by his story too.

11:31PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

What an incredible story. Dedication and inspirations as to what families stand for... being there for one another in sad times and good times. At least this is one family that meets the ol' standards of what family should be about.

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