C the Light Foundation
C the Light Foundation was established to honor the life and legacy of Kyle Conrad, who passed away in September 2022 at the age of 39 after a long battle with esophageal cancer. Kyle expertly and lovingly fulfilled so many roles throughout his life: a beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend, teammate, coach, and a valued member of his church and the surrounding community. Kyle inspired others with his competitive yet kind nature, his humor and quick wit, his many talents including his athletic and singing abilities, and most of all his love of life and the people in it. He had the innate ability to form meaningful connections with anyone who crossed his path. Even during the most difficult phases of his cancer journey, he maintained a positive attitude, choosing to remain aligned to love and gratitude. He continued to show up for the people and communities that meant so much to him. Kyle was a true light in this world, and he committed to living life fully through the very end.
As Kyle chose to “C the Light” in his life despite its challenges, our organization helps today’s youth do the same. Throughout his adult life, Kyle was both a church youth group leader and a high school basketball coach. His own involvement in these activities as a teenager was so influential in Kyle’s life that he knew he needed to give back and pass down that same meaningful guidance to current teens. To honor these important aspects of Kyle’s life, C the Light was formed on the overarching themes of COACHING, CONNECTIONS and COMMUNITY.
C the Light provides various types of coaching to groups of teens (life coaching, wellness coaching, mental health coaching, team building, motivational/inspirational speaking events, etc.) to help them establish better connections to themselves, to others, and ultimately to their community. Our services and activities are free to the youth participating, and in return, they are asked to volunteer for a community service project with one of our local partners. By engaging in service opportunities, we hope to strengthen our teens’ ties to their communities so that they can experience the true value of getting involved and helping others for the betterment of all.
We believe that the teenage years can be a time of impactful connection and self-discovery. Kyle was fortunate to have many mentors and role models as a teenager, and it was important to him to fulfill that role in his community as an adult. In his honor, C the Light Foundation will continue Kyle’s work of inspiring, giving back, and making a positive impact in the world.