A small act of kindness to help a grieving family, following the death of their son, led to the creation of The Dragonfly Project in 2002.
When an 11-year old friend died from a brain tumor, Anne Marquardt Brooker sent his family a story about dragonflies and their significance in the cycle of life and death. The story so moved the grieving family with its "message of hope" that it inspired Anne to create a nonprofit corporation that would reach out to others who were grieving the loss of a family member or friend.
The Dragonfly Project consists of volunteers who help put together and mail condolence cards, a copy of the dragonfly story and a dragonfly keychain.
Anne, who is now 23 years old, continues to lead the organization in its mission to offer a message of hope and encouragement to those in need.