The ConnorWatch Community represents people from many different faiths and all walks of life. Everyone is welcome here.
In June of 2008, we started with nothing more than knowing that Connor Williamson, son of Eric and Cherié Williamson, had been seriously injured while swimming at camp. We came together as a community in the Emergency Room of the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, CA, and stood by the family for three months in the Critical Care unit there. We moved with Connor to rehab at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center as Connor was prepared to return to the world. We built a room on the Williamson's house to accommodate Connor, and have kept the Williamson's in our thoughts and prayers through months of struggles.
As we have journeyed together, we have changed. Each of us has wrestled with our own faith. Each has struggled with discouragement and depression. Together we have celebrated joyously each improvement in Connor, on his long road to recovery. But most of all, we have grown together as a community, a group of people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, sharing a common concern for a son, a brother, a nephew, a friend, a young man that many of us have come to know and love.
We have learned much. Some have learned to be patient. Some have learned to be disciplined. Some have learned to trust God. Some have learned the power of prayer. Some have learned to reach out to others. Some have learned how to encourage. This is a place of learning. We all are learning the value of being part of a community of care.
And now the time has come to expand that community, and put into practice the things we are learning. This is part of a healthy life, and part of a healthy community. You are entering a community that enables others to communicate their hopes, fear, pain, thoughts, and prayers. A community where you don't have to be alone during difficult times. A community where you are reminded that even when you are by yourself, you do not walk alone.
A community where we can see the hand of God at work.
You are welcome here. Thank you for being a part of this community.