“Friends of Candace” is exactly as the name implies. We are a group of 5 women who were and always will be friends of Candace Lee Williams. Our friendships began at Immaculate High School and have solidified over the years into lifelong relationships. We spent 4 years of high school together leaning on one another, laughing with one another, growing with one another, and taking steps, side by side, towards becoming the strong women we someday knew we would be. Although we lost Candace in 2001, her spirit and presence has never left our group.
In our third year we continue our efforts to honor Candace in a way that lets her and our community know that she has never and will never be forgotten and will always live on in our hearts, minds, and actions.
“Friends of Candace” is currently a group of committed friends working together to put on a race in honor of Candace and the many others who lost their lives on 9-11-01. However, it is our hope that this is just a first step in an exciting journey to creating something bigger. We are looking into becoming an official nonprofit organization that will host this race annually and perhaps expand into a sustainable organization that not only seeks to honor the victims of 9/11/01 but also seeks to empower individuals and families who have been affected by loss and trauma in their lives. How this will all look years from now when we are organizing the 20 year anniversary 5K race, we couldn’t tell you exactly. However, we are confident that with Candace’s guiding hand, it will grow into something that she will be proud of.