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Family creates foundation to help children who lose siblings in honor of late son – WISH

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — The family of a little boy who passed away last year is focusing their attention on other kids, specifically kids who lose a sibling, like two of their other kids did.

Crew Long passed away one year ago. He was only three. 

He had a number of health issues — a feeding tube, epilepsy, chronic lung disease, developmental delays, parts of his brain did not grow and his mom said parts of his brain possibly even shrunk. 

His mom, Mandy Long, says he could communicate without speaking. She says he would light up when they went for a walk. 

His older brothers said he had the best smile and laugh. 

After Crew passed away, his parents looked for services of child loss to help his older brothers, but could not find much. 

So they created a foundation called Crew’s Crew that will focus on programming, initiatives and projects centered around helping kids who have lost a sibling.

“I know that even if it can put a little bit of a smile on the face of someone that’s you know going through this, I can’t even put into words ya know, what it means to me and I know Crew’s right behind all of it, too. He’s kind of pushing me along the way of helping, reaching out and helping these families,” said Mandy Long.

To learn more about Crew’s Crew, click here. 

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