Board of Directors
Connie honors her son Danny, who was killed in a car accident at the age of 18 on July 24th, 2004. Danny had just graduated from high school and was planning to attend St. Cloud State University at the time. Connie currently lives in Blaine and enjoys spending time with her husband Craig and their daughter Kristine. Both are very supportive and involved with Friends of the Angel.
Sarah honors her son Luke, who was five days old when he died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) at Fairview Southdale Hospital in 1997. Following a normal pregnancy and a complication-free childbirth, Luke stopped breathing in Sarah’s arms and passed away soon after. Sarah lives in Plymouth and enjoys spending time with her husband Jack, their son Nick and their daughter Grace.
Kristine, daughter of Connie, also honors her brother Danny, who was killed in a car accident when she was 14 years old. Danny was her only sibling. She enjoys bringing a unique perspective to the Friends of the Angel, by remembering and supporting the siblings of children gone too soon. Kristine currently lives in Champlin and enjoys spending time with her husband, Adam, who is very supportive and involved with Friends of the Angel.
Sue Drag - Founder and Former President
Sue honors her son Billy, who was only two and a half days old when he died of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome in 1985. She also honors and remembers her brother John, who died in the Iraq War in 2006. A Maple Grove resident since 1981, Sue enjoys spending time with her husband Bob, three surviving children, Michael, Sandy and Eddie, and four grandchildren.
Meghan honors her son, Alex, who died at birth on April 3, 2010. Meghan nearly lost her own life that day due to complications from uterine rupture. She gives credit to God and the amazing doctors and nurses at Maple Grove Hospital for saving her. Meghan recounts her blessings every day, which include her husband TJay, their son Paytin and many friends and family members. Her family has bricks at the Angel of Hope statue and a tree in the park in Alex’s name. Meghan uses the time she would have spent with Alex by volunteering with Friends of the Angel. Meghan and her family currently reside in St. Cloud.
Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy. - Eskimo Proverb